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Who’s In Charge? Deposition and the Almuten Figuris

One of the big dilemmas when it comes to astrology is the problem of fate vs. free will. When we read a Nativity Chart or do predictive work, are we saying that our lives have been predetermined by the position of the planets at the moment of our birth? I do not believe this to the be case, but I do believe that we were born with certain impulses and tendencies. I also believe that a good understanding of these tendencies is quite helpful to us in the exercise of our free will. An understanding of the deposition pattern and the Almuten Figuris in a Nativity Chart is particularly important in this regard, as these factors are crucial in terms of how we make decisions. The deposition pattern shows what motivates us, and the Almuten Figuris shows what our souls are trying to accomplish in this life.

Deposition

I discussed in an earlier article that the building blocks for Western Astrology are the 7 traditional planets and the 12 signs. In the Traditional Western system, the luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, each rule one sign, Leo and Cancer, respectively, and each of the other planets rules two signs, which are also called their day and their night houses. A list of the signs and their rulers can be found in the first two columns of this chart. If a planet is in a sign that she rules, she has the power to do as she pleases and act independently. For example, in the chart for yesterday’s Solar Eclipse, Saturn is in Capricorn. This means that Saturn can act freely.

Solar Eclipse 7-12-18If a planet is a sign that she does not rule, the planet that does rule that sign is known as her depositor. For example, in the Eclipse chart, the Sun is in Cancer. The Sun does not rule Cancer, the Moon does. Therefore, the Sun is deposited by the Moon. This means that in this chart, the Moon has authority over the Sun. The Moon is in her own sign of Cancer, so like Saturn, she is currently her own mistress.

Let us look at the rest of the planets in this chart. We can start with Mercury. Mercury is in Leo, that means that she is deposited by the Sun. As we saw, the Sun is in Cancer, so she is deposited by the Moon. This means that the Moon has ultimate authority over herself, the Sun, and Mercury.

Now let’s look to the other planets and see if a pattern emerges. Venus is in Virgo, which is ruled by Mercury, so Venus is ultimately governed by the Moon as well. Jupiter is in Scorpio, and Scorpio is ruled by Mars. Mars is in Aquarius, which is ruled by Saturn. As I have discussed earlier, Saturn is in her own sign of Capricorn. So from this we can see a pattern of two distinct teams. One team is led by the Moon, and its members are Venus, Mercury and the Sun, and the other is led by Saturn, and its members are Mars and Jupiter.

The relationship between the two team leaders, the Moon and Saturn is a difficult one. While they are just barely passed an opposition by degree, they are still opposed by sign. Cancer and Capricorn are opposite each other. This polarity will be a feature of the impact of this eclipse.

Almuten Figuris

While deposition is a feature of all charts, the Almuten Figuris is primarily used with Nativity Charts. I explained the Almuten Figuris in detail in a previous article, but briefly, the Almuten Figuris is the planet that shows a person’s Guardian Janya, or Guardian Angel and her connection with that Janya. This planet is also representative of the state of the native’s soul in the present incarnation, and more than any other planet, shows what the native is here to do in this lifetime. The calculation of this planet is rather complicated, and if you are interested in the mechanics of this calculation, you can look here.

Knowing the pattern of deposition and the Almuten Figuris and the relationship between them is helpful in understanding our natural impulses as well as what our soul’s are trying to accomplish in this lifetime. This information can help us make conscious decisions about our lives rather than being blindly governed by our impulses.

To see how this works, let’s look at some Nativity charts. As I seem to have a fondness for English queens, I will begin with the chart of Elizabeth of York, who was the ancestress of all future English monarchs continuing through to the present day.

Elizabeth of York

220px-Elizabeth_of_York_from_Kings_and_Queens_of_EnglandElizabeth of York was born on February 11, 1466 in the midst of what is now known as the War of the Roses. She was the first born child of the controversial marriage between King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Had she been born a boy, the entire history of England and the United States would have likely been much different. As she was born a girl, however, her younger brother, Edward was the heir to the throne when their father died in 1483. At this time, Elizabeth was 17, but her brother was only 12. This meant that there would need to be a regent until Edward V was old enough to rule on his own.

There was a struggle for the regency and Elizabeth’s uncle, Richard used this as an opportunity to seize the throne for himself. He had Edward and his younger brother sent to the Tower of London, presumably in preparation for the coronation of Edward V. In the meantime, Parliament declared the marriage between Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville to be invalid and gave the throne to Richard, who became Richard III. The two boys disappeared never to be seen again and the mystery of the Princes in the Tower has remained unsolved to this day.

Elizabeth Woodville fled into sanctuary with her daughters, but after a time, Elizabeth of York and her younger sisters entered the court of Richard III and his wife Anne Neville. It is rumored that there was a romantic interest between Richard III and Elizabeth of York. Richard III was widely blamed for the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower. Henry Tudor, who had a remote and tenuous claim to the throne, used Richard III’s unpopularity to stage a revolt against Richard III, and Elizabeth of York was betrothed to him.

When Henry Tudor defeated Richard III, he became Henry VII and he did marry Elizabeth of York according to their prior betrothal. Not much is known about their marriage, but they had four children who survived infancy. Of these children, one of them became Henry VIII and another, Margaret became the mother of the Stuart dynasty. Elizabeth of York died at the age of 37 after a difficult childbirth. Even though her claim to the throne was arguably stronger than that of her husband, she was allowed no role in politics or government. She was overshadowed by her difficult and formidable mother-in-law, Margaret Beaufort.

Despite growing up in a time of war and turmoil and being heavily embroiled in that turmoil, from the historical record, she seemed remarkably well adjusted. She was well loved and known for her gentleness and kindness, and from outward appearances to have suffered little emotionally despite the difficult circumstances of her life. With this background, let us look at her chart.

Elizabeth of York Nativity

At first glance, we can see that she had a Pisces Sun, a Capricorn Moon, and a Cancer Ascendant. It is easy to see where her reputation for kindness came from, but not her seemingly remarkable resiliency. To do this, let us look at her deposition pattern and her Almuten Figuris.

We can start with any planet, but let us begin with her Moon. Her Moon was in Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. Her Saturn was in Pisces, which is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter was in Aries, which is ruled Mars, and her Mars was in Aries, and of course, Mars is the ruler of Aries. From this, we have the Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter all under the ultimate leadership of Mars.

Next, let’s look at Venus, which is in Aquarius, ruled by Saturn. We have already seen that Saturn is under the ultimate command of Mars. Her Sun and Mercury are in Pisces, which is ruled by Jupiter, which is also under the ultimate command of Mars. So, we see that all seven traditional planets are under the control of Mars in Aries. This makes Mars the final depositor of this chart. Not everyone has a single final depositor, but for those that do, the final depositor acts as a single central command for the entire chart. With Mars in Aries as final depositor, for all her seemingly meek and mild character, she was at heart a warrior and a survivor.

While Elizabeth of York clearly had a strong instinct for survival, what was her life’s purpose? What was her soul trying to do in that lifetime? For that, we can look to the Almuten Figuris. I used her chart as an example in the page describing the mechanics of the calculation of the Almuten Figuris, and it turns out that it was Mars as well. Not only did she have a strong instinct and motivation for survival, this was also her life’s purpose. She was a child born during war, and she was able to navigate her circumstances to thrive and prosper in spite of that. It is no wonder that whatever her private feelings may have been, she was able to put them aside and do what she had to do to survive in a tumultuous time.

Elizabeth of York’s chart is unusual is that she had a final depositor and her Almuten Figuris was the same planet. For a chart with a final depositor with a different Almuten Figuris, let us look at the chart of her daughter-in-law, Catherine of Aragon.

Catherine of Aragon

220px-Catherine_aragonCatherine of Aragon was born on December 16, 1485, and she was the youngest surviving child of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. Through her mother, she also had a claim to the English throne, and like her mother-in-law, her claim was arguably stronger than that of either of her husbands. She was betrothed to Arthur, the eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, when she was 3 years old, and her and Prince Arthur married when she was about to turn 16.

After they had only been married about 6 months, Prince Arthur died of a mysterious illness, and Catherine claimed that their marriage had never been consummated. After being caught in the middle of negotiations between her father and her father-in-law over her dowry which reduced her to poverty, she was betrothed to Arther’s younger brother, Henry, who later became Henry VIII.

Catherine of Aragon is most famous for her marital troubles with Henry VIII when she failed to produce a living son. They did have a living daughter, Mary, but at that time, there was no precedent for a daughter to inherit the throne in England. Rather than quietly stepping aside and entering a convent, as she was asked to do, she maintained the validity of her marriage to Henry VIII until the day she died. This was euphemistically known as the Kings’ “Great Matter,” and was responsible for England’s schism with the Roman Catholic Church. To understand her life and her motivation, let’s look at her chart.

Catherine of Aragon Nativity

Catherine of Aragon had four planets in Sagittarius, Saturn, Mars, Mercury, and Jupiter. Jupiter rules Sagittarius, and is thus the depositor of all of the other planets in that sign. Her Sun was in Capricorn and her Venus was in Aquarius. Both of those signs are ruled by Saturn. The remaining planet, her Moon was in Aries which is ruled by Mars. Like her mother-in-law, Catherine of Aragon had a final depositor, and that was Jupiter. Clearly, Catherine of Aragon was motivated by her faith.

Yet what of her life’s purpose? As it so happens, her Almuten Figuris was Saturn. Saturn and Jupiter are both in Sagittarius, so there was a strong connection between her final depositor and Almuten Figuris, but Jupiter and Saturn have a much different flavor to them. While Catherine of Aragon clearly had a strong faith, she is most known for her steadfastness in defending her marriage and her daughter’s right to inherit. I find it interesting that her 7th House of Marriage was ruled by Mars, and her Mars was right next to her Saturn. Clearly, her struggle for her marriage was closely connected to her life’s purpose.

Both Elizabeth of York and Catherine of Aragon had a final depositor in their charts. For a chart without a final depositor, let us consider the very complicated chart of Catherine of Aragon’s daughter, Queen Mary I of England.

Queen Mary I of England

232px-Maria_Tudor1Queen Mary I of England was born on February 18, 1516, and she was the only surviving child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. By all accounts, she was a precocious and intelligent child and was the beneficiary of an outstanding education, thanks to her mother’s insistence. Like her grandmother, Elizabeth of York, had she been born a boy, the entire history of England and the United States might have been very different.

She was the child of the world’s most famous messy divorce, and her relationship with her half-sister is a world famous example of sibling love and rivalry. When Henry VIII married his second wife, Anne Boleyn, Mary was declared illegitimate, and she was forced to serve their daughter, the infant, Elizabeth. After the execution of Anne Boleyn, Mary was forced to sign a document acknowledging her illegitimacy and her father’s break from the Roman Catholic Church.

Henry VIII did eventually have a son through his third wife, Jane Seymour, and presumably due to the influence of Henry VIII’s sixth wife, Catherine Parr, she was restored to the line of succession after her half brother, Edward, who became Edward VI. Though only a child and under regency, King Edward VI took an active interest in religion and furthered the religious reforms of his father, and it is under his reign that the Church of England began to take its current form. Mary was a staunch Catholic, and it was feared that if she took the throne, she would reverse the reforms of her father and brother.

King Edward VI became deathly ill when he was sixteen and before he died, he wrote a will that disinherited both Mary and Elizabeth, and gave the throne to Lady Jane Grey, who was descended from Henry VIII’s younger sister, Mary Tudor. Mary I successfully defended her claim to the throne, deposing Lady Jane Grey after nine days. Although Mary was determined to return England to the Roman Catholic Church, she initially favored a policy of relative religious toleration. Over staunch popular resistance and rebellion, she married her Spanish cousin, who later became King Phillip II of Spain. After her marriage, she had a false pregnancy, which led her to believe that God was punishing her for her leniency towards “heretics.” This lead her to begin a harsh and infamous policy of religious persecution for which she was posthumously given the appellation “Bloody Mary.”

Queen Mary I was also infamous for the loss of the English port of Calais in France. In obedience to her husband, she led England into war with France, and which led to this loss. Her husband largely abandoned her, and she died childless on November 17, 1558 at the age of 42. Even though she believed, rightly, that Elizabeth was Protestant, she did eventually accept Elizabeth as her heir, thus ensuring a peaceful succession.

Let us look at the chart of Queen Mary I.

Queen Mary I

Like her grandmother, Elizabeth of York, Mary I had a Pisces Sun. She was born under a Full Moon, her Moon in Virgo opposite her Sun. Her Ascendant was Capricorn, with Mars in Capricorn in her 1st House. Her Mars is opposed by Jupiter, and Jupiter is the ruler of her 3rd House of Siblings. This is clearly a complicated chart.

To determine the deposition pattern, let us start with her Virgo Moon, ruled by Mercury. Mercury is in Aquarius ruled by Saturn. Saturn is in Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter is in Cancer, ruled by her Moon. So, Mary I did not have a final depositor, as the four planets, the Moon, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter formed a circular deposition pattern. Let’s look to the remaining three planets. Mary I’s Sun and Venus were in Pisces ruled by Jupiter, and her Mars was in Capricorn ruled by Saturn. So her chart was ruled by this circular deposition pattern.

People with a circular deposition pattern of three or more planets often have a great deal of trouble making decisions. They often feel that their minds go round and round in circles. The reason for this is that no planet in their charts is truly in charge. Usually, in these situations, when advising a client, I will often look to the most dignified planet in the group and suggest that the client intentionally make decisions based on that planet. In Mary I’s case, this is not so easy. All four planets in this circle have dignities and debilities, and weighing these dignities and debilities is largely a matter of opinion.

When we look to her Almuten Figuris, we find that it is her Mars in Capricorn. Like her grandmother, Elizabeth of York, Mary I is a survivor  and warrior; however, unlike Elizabeth of York, she has no final depositor and her Almuten Figuris is not one of the planets in the circle of deposition.

Given all of this, if I were her astrologer, I would have counseled her against marriage. Her Mars in Capricorn, representing her life purpose, was in her 1st House, and at that time, women, even reigning queens, were expected to submit to and be obedient to their husbands. With a Mars Almuten in the 1st House, she needed to assert her own authority. Furthermore, her 7th House of Marriage was ruled by the Moon and Jupiter was located in her 7th House. Clearly, marriage would lead her right into the circular deposition pattern, sending her round and round in circles.

I would have talked to her at length about her Almuten Figuris of Mars in Capricorn. I would have emphasized the positive qualities of this planet, such as strength and practicality. I would have counseled her against the negative traits of this placement, such as coldness and cruelty. Unfortunately, she is most famous for the negative trait.

Finally, I would have talked to her about her relationship with her half-sister. The complicated relationship between them can be seen by the fact that Jupiter ruled her 3rd House of siblings. Jupiter is retrograde, or moving backwards, in the 7th House, which is the house of open enemies as well as marriage and opposed to her Almuten Figuris, Mars. This is clearly a karmic relationship. Still, Jupiter was exalted in Cancer and next to her Part of Fortune. This meant that ultimately it would be her sister that would determine her legacy and her fortune.

Perhaps, Mary I did receive and accept advice concerning her sister, as she did not execute Elizabeth, even though Elizabeth was Protestant and was the focal point of resistance and rebellion. She also did not name a Catholic cousin, such as Mary, Queen of Scots as her heir. By allowing the succession of Elizabeth I, she forestalled the political unrest of the War of the Roses or the trouble that occurred at the beginning of her own reign.

Just for good measure, let us now look at the chart of Mary I’s half-sister and successor, Queen Elizabeth I.

Queen Elizabeth I

220px-Darnley_stage_3Queen Elizabeth I was born on September 7, 1533 and was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn was executed when Elizabeth was 2 1/2 years old, and like her half-sister, she was declared illegitimate. Like Mary, she was precocious and extremely well educated. She survived the reigns of her father, her brother, and her sister, and came to the English throne in 1558. She was advised by the famous astrologer, John Dee, and his coronation electional chart for January 15, 1559 is considered a masterpiece.

For monarchs of the time, she was remarkably tolerant with respect to religion, and she is reported to have said, “I do not want to cast window’s into men’s souls.” She did persecute Catholics, however, after putting down several rebellions instigated by France, Spain and the Roman Catholic Church.

During her reign, which is known as the Elizabethan era, the arts flourished, and William Shakespeare wrote his plays during. She was reputed to be fickle and indecisive, but she reigned over 44 years and her historical appellation is “Good Queen Bess.” Notable events during her reign include the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Even though she had many suitors and her marriage was a major issue in the early part of her reign, she never married. It is rumored that she vowed never to marry at the age of eight, when her cousin, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, was executed. If this is true, I can not say that I blame her. She died without issue, and the throne passed to Mary, Queen of Scots’ son, James VI of Scotland and James I of England. James VI/I was a descendant of Henry VIII’s sister, Margaret Tudor though both his mother and his father.

Here is the chart of Queen Elizabeth I:

 

Queen Elizabeth I Nativity

Let’s start with Saturn to begin the deposition trail. Saturn was in Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon. The Moon was in Taurus, which is ruled by Venus, and Venus was in her own sign of Libra. So, the Saturn and the Moon were governed by Venus. Mars were in Gemini, which is ruled by Mercury. Mercury was in Libra ruled by Venus, and as we saw, Venus was in Libra, her own sign. So Mars and Mercury were also ruled by Venus. Elizabeth’s Sun was in Virgo, ruled by Mercury, which was under Venus’ domain. We have one planet left, which is Jupiter. Jupiter was in her own sign of Sagittarius and thus outside of the Venusian chain of command. I find it interesting that Jupiter was in her 12th House, which among other things, relates to hidden matters. It is no wonder that she had no desire to “cast windows into men’s souls.”

It turns out, Queen Elizabeth’s Almuten Figuris was also Venus. She is said to have been quite charming and her image was that of Glorianna. With Venus in Libra, one can see where she would seem a bit indecisive, but the indecision of Libra is very different from the consternation of one born with a circular deposition pattern like her elder sister, Mary. Libra seems indecisive because she can see all sides to an issue, but Libra has a single underlying motivation, maintaining balance and protecting harmony and peace. Making a decision often involves displeasing someone, which Venus in Libra is loathe to do. The indecision of a circular deposition pattern is that of several competing internal voices and motivations, with the lack of a clear leader.

Summary

In this article, I have explained how to determine the deposition pattern in a chart, and how that pattern relates to the Almuten Figuris in reading a Nativity Chart. To do this, I have examined the Nativity Charts of four queens from three generations of the Tudor era, two queen consorts and two reigning monarchs. First, Elizabeth of York, with Mars in Aries as both the final depositor and Almuten Figuris; next, Catherine of Aragon, with Jupiter as a final depositor and Saturn as Almuten Figuris; third, Queen Mary I, with a circular deposition pattern and Mars as Almuten Figuris; and finally, Queen Elizabeth I, with Venus depositing all but one planet, Jupiter, with Venus as Almuten Figuris as well. In this, I have attempted to show how the deposition pattern and Almuten Figuris work on a practical level by discussing how these factors shaped the legacy of these historical queens as well as their responses to the dangerous and violent time in which they lived.

The Astrology of Sailor Moon – Part IV: Chibi Usa and Black Lady

It is now that we arrive at the heart of the second story arc of Sailor Moon. In Part I of this series, I discussed the Plutonian overtones and continued with them in Part II. In Part II, we also encountered Sailor Pluto for the first time. In Part III, we arrived in Crystal Tokyo of the 30th Century and learned about Planet Nemesis. Now we are ready to learn Chibi Usa’s story, and to discover what happened in the 30th Century.

Before we begin with that, at the end of Part III, we left with the abduction of Sailor Moon. I will briefly state that with the help of the spirit of Neo Queen Serenity and her own determination, Sailor Moon is able to free herself and Sailors Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter. While this is an interesting and dramatic part of the plot, there is not much astrology involved, so please forgive me for this cursory description.

While all of these events were taking place, Chibi Usa, seemingly upset by Usagi-chan’s jealousy and coldness towards her, runs away to Crystal Tokyo, and we learn her backstory.

Chibi Usa/Small Lady

Chibi Usa is the central character in this story arc from an astrological point of view. Her full name is Usagi “Small Lady” Serenity, and she is first born Princess of Crystal Tokyo. As discussed in Part III, in the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, despite her appearance, she is approximately 900 years old. She is the Heir Presumptive and hope for the future for Crystal Tokyo. There is one serious difficulty, however. She is unable to transform.

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It seems that Chibi Usa’s inability to transform led to her being ridiculed by other children. They accused her of being a nisemono Princess, or a pretend or fake Princess. Upset with the ridicule which likely echoed her own insecurities, Chibi Usa ran off and found the forbidden door guarded by Sailor Pluto. Sailor Pluto befriended her and taught her ways to cheer herself when she was sad and upset. It is often our fears and pain that lead us into Plutonian territory.

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Later Chibi Usa went to the Crystal Chamber where the Maboroshi no Ginsuishou was housed and she stole it. The Maboroshi no Ginsuishou was the item that Sailor Moon used to transform, so presumably, Chibi Usa was trying again to see if she could transform. Immediately afterwards, the villains from Planet Nemesis appeared and destroyed Crystal Tokyo. Her father, King Endymion, had told her that Sailor Moon from the past was muteki, which literally means, without rival, but is often translated as invisible. It was for this reason that Chibi Usa stole one of Sailor Pluto’s time keys and returned to the past to find Sailor Moon, which is where the second story arc began.

Toxic Shame, Guilt, and Trauma

It was toxic shame that led Chibi Usa to find the forbidden door and Sailor Pluto in the first place. She was ashamed that she was not yet able to transform. I think that what made this shame toxic was that there was nothing that she could do about this inability. There was not a training course she could take; it had nothing to do with anything that she had any control over. She believed that being the daughter of Sailor Moon and the Heir Presumptive to Crystal Tokyo “should” have given her the ability to transform, but at that point of time, it did not. Yes, other children ridiculed her, but I do not believe that this ridicule would have affected her had it not echoed her own internal shame.vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h22m50s002

The villains from Planet Nemesis arrived and destroyed Crystal Tokyo immediately after Chibi Usa stole the Maboroshi no Ginsuishou, which led her to believe that she was responsible for this destruction.

Returning to the present story line, when Chibi Usa runs off, she is captured by Wiseman, who is the leader of the villain group. In the older anime, Wiseman manipulates her memories, planting two traumas in her mind. The first trauma was of her falling and her parents refusing to help her get up, and the second trauma was everyone refusing to acknowledge or celebrating her birthday.

In this story the memories were altered and twisted. When Chibi Usa’s parents would not help her up, it was because they were trying to teach her to get up on her own when she fell, and the reason that everyone ignored her birthday was that they were planning a surprise party for her. Wiseman used true memories and manipulated them so Chibi Usa saw them in the worst possible light. This made Chibi Usa believe that her parents did not love her.

vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h28m35s961The toxic shame, guilt, and in the earlier anime, the trauma planted in her memory, all led Chibi Usa to be vulnerable to being recruited by the side of Evil. Toxic shame, guilt, and trauma, real or imagined, are all dangers of Plutonian forces. Chibi Usa literal found the door to the Dark by entering into forbidden territory and finding Sailor Pluto, and the villains seized the opportunity and completed her journey into Darkness.

vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h34m22s377Black Lady

After being taken over by the side of Evil, Chibi Usa does transform, but not in the way everyone had hoped for. She became an adult instantaneously and called herself Black Lady. As Black Lady, she became one of the villains, and indeed, became one of the most powerful of the villains. She managed to also turn Tuxedo Kamen, her future father into an automaton under her complete control, and began to engage in what appeared to be a romantic relationship with him.

vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h36m54s024I think that this dark transformation is one of the real dangers of the Plutonian principle. In our day and age, children seem to grow up very fast. They engage in many adult behaviors at a very early age, and thus grow up warped and skewed.

The metal of Pluto is the radioactive plutonium, which is used for nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Plutonium is inherently unstable, and in a sense allows us to “grow up” or gain power very quickly, but the consequences of this are obvious. In Modern Astrology, Pluto is often considered the planet of transformation, and all of this does represent “transformation” of a sort, but I do not think that it is quite a dangerous one, not one to be celebrated.

Restoration

The story climaxes as Black Lady and Prince Demando, who was the leader of the villains before Wiseman, and who brought the villains to Wiseman, go back to Crystal Tokyo to complete their destruction. During the battle that ensued, Prince Demando came into possession of Sailor Moon’s Maborishi no Ginsuishou and the one from the future. We learned earlier that if both of these Crystals come into contact with each other it will destroy everything everywhere, Good and Evil alike.

vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h16m39s655In the midst of all of this, we return to Sailor Pluto, who senses the danger and is told what is happening by Diana, the kitten we met much earlier. Sailor Pluto knows it is forbidden for her to leave her post, but she wants to do something to help. The kitten Diana offers to guard in her place, and she goes through the door to fight with the other Sailor Senshi. We also get a flashback to a conversation between a younger Sailor Pluto and Queen Serenity from the Silver Millennium. In this conversation, we learn of three taboos. It appears that Sailor Pluto has the ability to stop time, but that it is forbidden for her to use this ability, and if she does it will destroy her.

vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h51m13s713When Sailor Pluto enters the scene, she sees Prince Demando bringing the two Maboroshi no Ginsuishou together, and she uses her power of stopping time, which enables Sailor Moon to take back the crystals. As per the taboo, using this power does destroy Sailor Pluto. Black Lady is moved by the destruction of her dear friend and goes towards her crying. Through her tears over love for her friend, she reverts back to her true child state, and she then transforms into Chibi Sailor Moon.

vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h49m28s023I think that the destruction of her friend does lead Chibi Usa towards a feeling of true shame and remorse, which is very different from the toxic shame and guilt that led her to the side of Darkness. Chibi Usa had turned away from the Light, and feeling shame for this led her to tears of repentance. She was also able to then tell her mother, Neo Queen Serenity of her believe that her theft had led to the original destruction, and her mother was able to tell her the original destruction was not her fault.

vlcsnap-2018-07-09-18h56m56s910After this, Chibi Sailor Moon chose to assist Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen in the final destruction of Wiseman, who we learn is actually Planet Nemesis. All is restored, and there is a happy ending.

Pluto and Transformation

I think that in this story, Sailor Pluto does not represent the Plutoian principle, but instead represents the guardian protecting us from this principle. She is the keeper of the forbidden door. Chibi Usa ventured into this forbidden territory, which led her to a Plutonian transformation into Black Lady, which was marked by an unnatural growth into adulthood and a turning to the side of Evil. Sailor Pluto protected her and the world from the consequences of this “transformation” through her own self-sacrifice. This in turn enabled Black Lady to shed cleansing tears of repentance, which led to a true transformation into Chibi Sailor Moon.

Did the Plutonian principle enable Chibi Usa’s eventual true transformation? Perhaps. An argument can be made for this. On the other hand, all of the previous Sailor Senshi had gained their transformation abilities without ever venturing into Plutonian territory. The common thread to the transformations of all of the Senshi was the willingness and courage to resist the Dark and stay strong in the Light. The difference is that Chibi Usa needed a longer and more complicated journey than the former Senshi.

Coming Soon: The Third Story Arc and the Outer Planet Senshi

Water 水

Water is the All Possibility and thus can be anything. In its normal state, water is fluid, but when heated, can become gaseous and blends with air, and when cooled, can be come solid like earth. When in motion, water can become energy and fuel, like fire.

Water is by nature soft and yielding and will change according to its surroundings. Water is the most easily influenced of all of the elements. Even so, water is powerful. In Filianic Scripture it is written, “There is no thing strong but shall meet a stronger, yet where is the hand that will break water?” The Heart of Water.

Water is essential to creation. In the physical world, the presence of water is believed to be necessary for the formation of life. Water also has the power to move mountains and shape the Earth. It is said that the Grand Canyon was formed by water.

WaterTraits of Water

Water is the hardest element to define in words.  Water is complex, as are watery people.  Water can be gentle and soft, yet water can rage with devastating storms.  Water can be wildly emotional, yet, infinitely calm and patient.  Water is the most misunderstood element. Modern Astrology tends to think water is weak, except for Scorpio, which is seen as dark and dangerous. Medieval and Renaissance Astrology tends to fear water.

Watery people tend to be passionate, intuitive, and adaptable. They also tend to be misunderstood. Often it can be difficult to identify watery people because water likes to hide behind or blend in with other elements.  Those lacking water tend to have difficulty with adapting to others and understanding things that are beyond the five physical senses.

Nurturing and Managing Water

By temperament, water is cold and wet, so can not tolerate a great deal of activity. Water has no structure of its own, so needs structure from outside itself. Water’s natural ally is Earth, which can give water the boundaries it lacks, but does not excite or agitate it. The heat of Air and Fire can both cause Water to storm and rage out of control.

Those with a predominance of Water signs are comforted and healed by water. They do best when they live near bodies of water which they can visit. Water is malleable and impressionable, so more than most, watery people need to protect their Image Spheres and carefully choose who they allow to influence them.

Water in Astrology

In Classical Astrology, each of the elements is ruled by a team of planets known as the triplicity rulers. There are several different systems of triplicity rulerships, but I use Dorothean triplicities. In the Dorothean system, each element has a daytime ruler, a nighttime ruler, and a participating ruler. In this system, the day ruler of the watery triplicity is Venus, the night ruler, Mars, and the participating ruler, the Moon. So for day charts, the order of precedence is Venus, Mars, and the Moon, and for night charts, Mars, Venus, and the Moon. All three of these planets have dignity in all of the Water signs.

The Water Signs are as follows:

Cancer 蟹座

Water Cancer

Cardinal Water

 

In Cancer, Water is at its most active. Cancer is the Mother, and Cancer wants and needs to nurture and protect others.  Cancer can seem shy and unassuming, however, when aroused is as fierce as a mother bear protecting her young. Cancer can be kind, gentle and caring, but she also be powerful and controlling. It is wise to never underestimate Cancer.  Cancer has a strong tendency towards worry and can benefit greatly from prayer and meditation.

Cancer is ruled by the Moon and exalts Jupiter. Saturn is in detriment in Cancer, and Mars is in fall.

Scorpio 蠍座

Water Scorpio

Fixed Water

 

Scorpio is the most powerful and least malleable of the Water Signs. Scorpio is the Ninja or Martial Artist and is the sign of extremes. The emotions of Scorpio run deep but often hidden. Scorpio is sharply perceptive and knows many secrets. Scorpio is devoted and fiercely loyal to her loved ones and her beliefs.

Scorpio is ruled by Mars, and Mars is the only planet that is unambiguously positive in this sign. Scorpio exalts no planet. The other triplicity rulers of Water are debilitated in Scorpio, Venus in detriment and the Moon in fall.

Pisces 魚座

Water Pisces

Mutable Water

 

Pisces is the most ethereal of the Water signs, and she is the least comfortable in the material realm. Pisces is the Dreamer and is happiest when allowed to float in the realm of fantasy and imagination. The physical world and its demands are exhausting for her. Pisces is gentle and compassionate, but her lack of comfort in the material realm can impede her ability to offer practical assistance to others.

Pisces is ruled by Jupiter and exalts Venus. Mercury is in both detriment and fall in Pisces.

Managing Temperament, A Balancing Act

As we are moving into the summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter in the Southern Hemisphere, it seems a good time to talk about managing temperament. I previously wrote about my method for calculating a person’s ideal temperament; however, anyone can become off balance in any direction, regardless of their temperament.

As I discussed in the previous article, temperament is a combination of two sets of polarities, hot/cold and wet/dry. The hot/cold polarity refers to the actual level of heat, but it also refers to a person’s energy level, emotional and physical. The wet/dry polarity refers to the actual physical sensation of wetness and dryness, but it also refers to whether things are connected or separate, whether they are blended together or distinct.

pendulumIt is my theory that these polarities act as a pendulum, with the center for each person being individual, and this center can be seen in a Nativity Chart. While the center for each person is individual, the symptoms of imbalance are universal.

Symptoms of Hot/Cold Imbalance

  • Elevated or depressed mood
  • Feeling physically hot or cold
  • Restlessness
  • Lethargy
  • Sleep disturbances/sleeping too much
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety for no apparent reason
  • Fevers or chills
  • Cravings for hot/spicy food
  • Excess phlegm, which may be a sign of being too cold and too wet

Symptoms of Wet/Dry Imbalance

  • Feeling bloated
  • Excessive thirst
  • Salt and/or sugar cravings
  • Difficulties with making decisions
  • Making hasty decisions
  • Being overly judgmental
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Feeling disorganized
  • Difficulty seeing nuances

Because these polarities seem to operate as a pendulum, during periods of imbalance people often swing between one extreme and another, so it may not always be easy to tell the direction of the imbalance. For example, irritability may be a sign of being too hot, but it may also be a reaction to being too cold. A temperament analysis is a good place to start, because it will show the ideal balance and the most likely tendencies towards  imbalance. An astrologer can also look to current transits and progressions to determine the most likely direction of imbalance at a particular time.

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One can also look to recent activities, the current weather, the seasons, the phases of the Moon, and the time of day for clues as to the direction of imbalance. The qualities of the seasons are as follows:

  • Spring is wet, becoming hot
  • Summer is hot, becoming dry
  • Autumn is dry, becoming cold
  • Winter is cold, becoming wet

The seasons start with the quality they are, and progress into the quality they become. The phases of the moon also technically have qualities they are and they become; however, they proceed so quickly, it makes more sense to see them as both qualities. The phases of the Moon are as follows:

  • New Moon: hot and wet
  • 1st Quarter Moon: hot and dry
  • Full Moon: cold and dry
  • 3rd Quarter Moon: cold and wet

The qualities of the time of day are:

  • Dawn to noon is hot and wet
  • Noon to sunset is hot and dry
  • Sunset to midnight is cold and dry
  • Midnight to dawn is cold and wet

Balancing Humors

The fastest way to change one’s balance is through medicine, herbs, and spices. One should use care, however, because quick changes in balance can cause quick reactions in the opposite direction.

Heating herbs and spices

  • Most “hot” spices, i.e., chili powder, paprika, pepper. Cumin is also heating, but it tends to moderate the heat of other heating spices
  • Italian herbs, such as oregano and basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Thyme
  • Chives

Cooling herbs and medicinal flowers

  • Rose/rose water
  • Rosemary
  • Violets
  • Raspberry leaves
  • Mint

Salt and sugar change one’s balance to the same extent as herbs and medicine. Salt dries the body and sugar moistens the body. Sugar is also heating. Cinnamon is heating, but it moderates the moistening effect of sugar.

Water is nutritive only and in and of itself does not change one’s balance in any direction; however, hot water will heat the body and cold water will cool the body. Baths will moisten the body and not taking baths will dry the body. Drinking water along with meals will moisten the body; not drinking water until after meals will dry the body.

Foods change one’s balance as well, but more slowly and gently than herbs, medicines or spices.

Dairy is cold and wet, with the exception of aged cheeses which are drying. Most meat from land animals is heating, with the exception of pork which is cold and wet. Most fish and seafood is cooling and moistening. Baking food dries it. Wheat and oats are heating; rye and barley are cooling. Popcorn is moistening; however, the addition of a lot of salt will change the balance to drying. Fruits tend to be cold and wet; however, dried fruits are drying. Potatoes are drying, while rice is moistening. Most vegetables are cold and wet when raw, but become heating when cooked.

Exercise and activity is heating, as is excitement and stress. Swimming is cooling and moistening. Rest and sleep are cooling. Drying activities include analytical activities such as balancing a checkbook, organizing anything, or doing intellectual puzzles. Free form and creative activities tend to be moistening.

If  one is swinging on either axis, it may be safer to adjust the balance along the other axis. The axes affect each other as follows: Heat dries; dryness cools; cold moistens; moisture heats.

One can also adjust one’s balance by changing the time of day that one is most active.

Working with Doctors

It goes without saying that I am an astrologer and not a doctor. Furthermore, maintaining a proper balance for one’s temperament does not heal any specific illness. What it does do is to protect one’s overall health and helps with resistance to physical and emotional illness. In an ideal world, doctors would be aware of temperament and adjust treatment and recommendations accordingly.

stethoscopeUnfortunately, however, modern medicine has rejected the use of temperament centuries ago in favor of an approach based purely on substance. The rejection of the use of temperament came at around the same time as the Industrial Revolution and the mass production of food. With mass production of food, it becomes difficult to know the actual qualities of the food. Even if one knows the ingredients, the production methods may alter the qualities in unknown ways. The current system of food analysis was devised long after the official rejection of temperament and is a “one size fits all” analysis, assuming that the same recommendations will work for everyone and in every season and every time.

This being the case, most doctors will not know about temperament, and if they do they will have been taught that this is an outmoded view of medicine and nutrition that went out with practices such as bloodletting. Often the best one can hope for is a doctor who will tolerantly humor the patient in these matters.

An even greater difficulty is that it is almost impossible to know how most pharmaceuticals will impact the balance of the body. Modern science does not test for such matters, which is likely why the risk of side effects are so great. With herbal medicine, there are resources such as Thomas Culpeper’s Complete Herbal to provide such information.

Despite these difficulties, it is possible for most people to work with their temperament alongside their current treatment regimen. In most cases, unless one has specific allergies or dietary adverse reactions due to medication, people are given a list of recommendations which are often contradictory or confusing with respect to  diet and maintaining physical well being. Almost always one is told to lose weight and to stop smoking without being given much assistance as to how one would actually go about doing so. Researching these matters online can lead to further confusion as contradictory theories abound.

An awareness of temperament can be useful in sorting through all of this information. I believe that the reason for all of the contradictory information is that there really is not any “one size fits all” with respect to temperament. Different people have different needs at different times. Cognizance of these principles allows one to choose between the varying approaches and recommendations and to determine which approach is most likely to succeed at any given time. There is often enough leeway in recommendations that one can adjust for temperament while still being in compliance with one’s regular treatment.

Upcoming Transits and Managing Uranus

The use of the Outer Planets is one of the major areas of contention between Classical Astrologers and between practitioners of Classical and Modern Astrology. I have wrestled with this question for many years, and I have written two previous articles on the topic, which can be found here and here. I have looked at charts using the Outer Planets and not using the Outer Planets. I have studied, researched, and prayed about this issue, and from all of this, I have come to what I see as a workable theory of practice.

The theory is that the Outer Planets have the potential to impact our lives, and impact them in quite a destructive manner; however, they do not have to impact our lives at all. In theory at least, we can avoid their influence entirely. The Outer Planets are generally not visible to the naked eye, although at times Uranus can be faintly visible. This means that if we want to see the Outer Planets, we need to go looking for them. I think that this is the key to their meaning.

waspWhen I was a child, I was afraid of bees and wasps. Actually, I still am a little. When I expressed my fears to the adults around me, they would say, “if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you.” I think that this is good advice and that this advice applies to the Outer Planets.

That being said, staying away from the Outer Planets and what they represent is not all that easy to do. As I have discussed before, I believe that they represent the modern poisons of atomization, deracination, and deformation. If you are able to live in a closed community and avoid the news and modern Western media, I think that you can largely stay way from these poisons. Most people, however, are not inclined to do this so far as I can see. So, the next best strategy is to be aware of the poison, and to neutralize it as much as possible.

Upcoming Transits

The reason that I am addressing this matter is that we are in the middle of about 5 months of transits that Uranus is in the thick of. For my own sanity and well being, I try not to get too involved in current events and politics, which also means I stay away from Mundane Astrology, or the astrology associated with such matters. On the other hand, I believe in addition to the impact of these transits on world events, they will impact many on a personal level. The effect be particularly strong for those with prominent planets or chart points in the early degrees of fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.

Sequence of Astrological Events:

On May 15, 2018, Uranus went into Taurus. The next day Mars went into Aquarius and formed a square, or aspect of tension, with Uranus.  Mars moved on and if something was stirred up on those couple of days, it likely seemed to pass. However, next week, on June 14, 2018, Venus will enter Leo and will form a square with Uranus on the next day. On June 16 Mars will pass the South Node at 8° Aquarius. A few days later, around June 21, when the Sun moves into Cancer, Venus will oppose Mars at 9° of Leo and Aquarius, respectively. On June 25, Venus will square a retrograde (going backwards) Jupiter at 13° of Leo and Scorpio, and on June 26, Mars will go retrograde at 9° Aquarius.

As we move into July, Mercury will also square Uranus from 2° Leo, and on that same day the Moon will join Mars by the South Node. On July 4, Mercury will oppose Mars from Leo, right on the Nodal Axis at 8°. On July 7, the Moon will join Uranus, and square the Nodes, Mars, and Mercury in turn and then move on to oppose Jupiter. Just for good measure, she will square Venus the next day. On July 9, Jupiter will make a station and start moving forward, with a square from Mercury to apply additional pressure. Then on July 12, the New Moon will begin with a Solar Eclipse, which will kick off an eclipse season of three eclipses.The first eclipse of the season will be small one that will only be visible on the Southern tip of Australia and a small piece of Antarctica. This eclipse is from Solar Saros Series 117, and it is the second to the last eclipse of this series. This eclipse will occur at 20° Cancer, and except for those with planets around this degree of Cardinal Signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn), it is likely to go largely unnoticed.

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Lunar Eclipse 7-27-18

The second eclipse will be a Lunar Eclipse on July 27, 2018, and this Eclipse is from Lunar Saros Series 129 and is in its prime. There will be a period of totality of 103 minutes and will be visible everywhere except North and Central America. This will be the longest eclipse of the century, and it will occur with the Sun at about 4° Leo and the Moon at about 4° Aquarius.  Mars will be sitting right by the Moon and Uranus will be square the Sun, the Moon, the Nodes, and Mars.

The final eclipse of the series will be a baby Solar Eclipse of Solar Series 155 on August 11, 2018. It will be visible in Scandinavia and Northeast Russia. It will occur at 18° Leo, but Mars will still be retrograde at 0° Aquarius, as will Uranus at 2°. Mercury will also be retrograde at 14° Leo, square Jupiter, and 4° away from the Sun and Moon.

What Does All of this Mean?

So, now that many of you are hiding under the table, what does all of this mean? There is no getting around it, this is an astrological storm. I would definitely advise being kind to your fixed sign friends. To refresh your memory, the fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. If you have planets in the early degrees of fixed signs, be kind to yourself. People are being bombarded with one irritation after another in the places that like change the least.

Even without considering Uranus, these transits are difficult. As these are world transits, we will likely hear about events in the news that will increase tension between the genders and between those that favor war and those that favor peace. These events have the potential to split family members and sour personal relationships. Uranus could turn this already tense situation into an explosive one if we allow it to.

These areas of tension are in fixed signs, so if they do explode, the impact will be felt over a long period of time.  The problems that will be highlighted by the upcoming storm have been around a very long time, and it is unlikely that they will be fixed overnight, no matter how angry people have become. If you do feel inspired to create change during this time, be aware that you must be ready and willing to see it through for the long haul.

Managing Uranus

While many of the upcoming transits are unavoidable, I do believe that we can minimize the impact of Uranus, which will make the rest of the transits more manageable.

Uranus is the planet of revolution and disruption. I believe that it is also the planet associated with the poison of atomization, or excessive individualization leading to isolation and loneliness. One of the most important things we can do is to maintain and protect our relationships with our friends, our family, and our community. It will be particularly crucial to protect our marriages and relationships with those of the opposite sex.

The events in the news may create tensions in personal relationships, and if this happens, it will help to remember that these issues are not personal. They are a continuation of problems that have been around for centuries, if not millenia, and they will not be solved over the dinner table or at a family reunion.

Choose your battles. You can not take on the world by yourself, and trying to do so is a surefire way to find yourself tossed about by Uranus’ storm. Unlike the traditional 7 planets, Uranus can not harm us if we do not allow it to.

If you are in the path of any of the Eclipses, it is best to avoid seeing them or being exposed to their light. This is particularly true of the Lunar Eclipse of July 27.  I have been avoiding eclipses for the past several years, and I have seen that doing so has provided protection from the worst of their effects on a personal level.

Try to limit time on social media during this period, particularly if you find yourself upset with the social or political views of your friends and family. Even if you are trying to avoid Uranus, many people will not be, and they will be more volatile than usual during this time. It is also alright to take breaks from the news.

Uranus introduces complexities that do not need to be there, and it will help to remember the love you have for those you care about. That is far more important than your social and religious differences.

There are a couple of verses from the Feminine Scripture that may be helpful to remember over these next couple of months. They are as follows:

All the complexities of the world are but the turnings of a labyrinth, and at the centre is the fiery rose-heart of our Mother, burning with perfect love.

Cry Marya

Therefore hide yourself not from Her, and put aside the tangled weeds of thought that strive each with the other.

For of all things, love is the simplest.

On Our Mother’s Love

And remember, if you don’t bother Uranus, Uranus won’t bother you.

 

The Astrology of Sailor Moon – Part III: Crystal Tokyo and Planet Nemesis

In Part I of this series, we talked about the astrological and metaphysical symbolism is the first story arc of Sailor Moon and the beginning of the second story arc. In Part II, we continued through the second story arc, faced Sailor Pluto, and arrived in the 30th Century, where we encounter a woman sleeping inside a large crystal encasement who looks like Sailor Moon and a man who looks like Tuxedo Kamen. As the story progresses, we discover that the woman is Neo Queen Serenity, who is the future Sailor Moon, and the man is the spirit of King Endymion, who is the future Tuxedo Kamen. We also discover that Chibi Usa is the daughter of Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion and that in the 30th Century, she is called Princess “Small Lady” Serenity. We also meet a kitten who is the daughter of Sailor Moon’s feline partner, Luna, and Sailor Venus’ feline partner, Artemis. The kitten’s name is Diana, and she will be important later.

vlcsnap-2018-05-31-19h28m16s116In the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, Sailor Moon became Neo Queen Serenity at the age of 22 and ascended to the throne of a newly created Crystal Tokyo. We learn that during the prior Silver Millennium,  people had a lifespan of around 1,000 years. When Queen Serenity ascended to the throne, by the power of the Maboroshi no Ginsuishou, everyone else began to enjoy similar long life spans as in the previous Silver Millennium, and their aging stopped as well. In this version, Chibi Usa is around 900 years old.

In the original anime, there was a cataclysm which put the world in a deep freeze. Sometime around the 30th Century, Sailor Moon awoke as Neo Queen Serenity. With the Maboroshi no Gunsuishou, she woke up and cleansed the world, and Crystal Tokyo was born.

Traditional Vision of the Future

In traditional thought, time passes through four ages. In Vedic philosophy, this cycle is called the Manvantara, or the Great Cycle, which starts with the Satya Yuga, or Golden Age, and continues in turn through the Treta Yuga, or Silver Age, the Dvpara Yuga, or Bronze Age, and finishes with the Kali Yuga, or Iron Age. The length of these ages is proportionate rather than equal, and the ratio is 4:3:2:1, with the Golden Age being the longest and the Iron Age being the shortest. According to this doctrine, we are currently living in the final stages of the Iron Age, which may have started around 6,000 years ago, and when this Age is complete, there will be a new Golden Age.

This doctrine was also explained by Plato, and can be seen in a very abbreviated and simplified version in the description of the “end times” and the “Second Coming” in Christian theology. The actually length of the various ages is unknown, and no legitimate tradition will say when the end of this Age will be. In the Christian written tradition it is said, “about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24.28, NRSV.

It is also unknown what the new Golden Age will look like, except  that in comparison to the Late Iron Age it will seem like Paradise. It is unlikely, however, that we will live in physical bodies in the same way that we do in this Age. It is interesting that the old anime series describes a cataclysm and a period of time where everyone is asleep. From our limited Iron Age perspective, this is how the next Golden Age may seem. On the other hand, even though from a purely physical perspective we may seem “asleep,” we will likely be living in an idyllic dreamlike state.

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In the Sailor Moon original anime, this sleeping state lasted about a thousand years; however, the next Golden Age will likely last tens of thousands of years until it passes to the next Silver Age.  I find it interesting in Sailor Moon Crystal and the manga that peoples’ lifespans in the Silver Millennium and Crystal Tokyo were about a thousand years because in traditional doctrine, we did have much longer lifespans in former Ages. In the Judeo-Christian written tradition, before the Great Flood there are descriptions of individuals with very long lifespans, the longest recorded being Methuselah, who lived 966 years.

Planet Nemesis

After the explanation of Crystal Tokyo, we learn of the 10th planet, Planet Nemesis, which is the base for the villains, Black Moon. Planet Nemesis produces Minus Energy, which is causing destruction in the 30th Century and in the century where Sailor Moon lives.

vlcsnap-2018-05-31-19h40m19s833.jpgThe Sailor Moon manga was first serialized from 1991 to 1997, and the original anime series was broadcast between 1992 and 1997; the second story arc was published in 1993. More than 10 years later, on January 5, 2005, the dwarf planet Eris was discovered, and given its official name in September of 2006. Eris is the Greek goddess of strife and discord. True to its name, Eris’ discovery prompted a great deal of strife and discord because it was thought to be larger than Pluto. For a time, Eris was considered the 10th planet, but later it was classified as a dwarf planet and Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet as well. An asteroid, Ceres, was promoted to dwarf planet, and two more bodies, Makemake and Haumea have been added to the list.

As an astrologer who uses Classical methods, I do not use the new dwarf planets in my interpretations, and I do not see myself using them in the foreseeable future. I do make limited use of Pluto, though, along with Uranus and Neptune. The Classical planets provide more than enough information for my purposes, without the need to clutter the chart with an ever increasing number of heavenly bodies.  Even so, I do find it interesting that the 10th planet Nemesis seems to have foreshadowed the discovery of a dwarf planet that was named after a goddess of strife and discord.

Return to the Present

In Sailor Moon Crystal and the manga, after the explanation, King Endymion instructs them to return to the present, and extracts a promise from Tuxedo Kamen that he will protect Chibi Usa/Small Lady with his life. This induces further jealousy on the part of Usagi-chan. She quarrels with Mamoru-san. Chibi-Usa, apparently hearing the quarrel, runs off. She returns to the future, and Tuxedo Kamen, Sailor Moon, and Sailor Venus go after her. They are confronted by Black Moon, and though they find Chibi-Usa, Sailor Moon is abducted in the process.

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Part IV: Chibi Usa and Black Lady

Signs of Letting Go, the Mutable Signs

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As I have previously discussed, the tropical zodiac is based on the seasons. Each season begins with a cardinal sign and deepens with a fixed sign. Yet, all good things must end, and so must every season. Spring gives way to summer, summer gives way to fall, fall gives way to winter, and winter gives way to spring. So it has been for thousands upon thousands of years before, and so it will be for thousands of years to come. In Japan, the Ise Jingu shrine is torn down and rebuilt every 20 years. In this way, the skills and technology necessary for building the shrine are passed down from generation to generation. It is this impermanence that allows the shrine to endure into perpetuity. As of today, this shrine has endured for around 1,500 years. In a similar fashion, it is the mutable signs that end each season and allow the cycles of time to turn.

The mutable signs are the adaptable and yielding signs of the zodiac. They neither initiate change nor resist it. In the past, they were known as the common signs, and in Japanese, they are called 柔軟宮, juunan kyuu, or flexible signs. People with a predominance of mutable signs are curious and easy going. They like many different types of experience. They are able to “go with the flow.” People lacking in mutable signs have trouble adapting to change and to circumstances outside of their control.

Now that we have talked about the mutable signs as a group, let us look at them individually.

Gemini the Twins

双子座 (Futago Za)

Mutable Air

Gemini

Human Archetype:

The Student

Sect:

Day

Planets Dignified in Gemini:

Mercury, Ruler and Night Triplicity Ruler*; Saturn Day Triplicity Ruler; Jupiter, Participating Triplicity Ruler

Planet Debilitated in Gemini:

Jupiter, Detriment**

Parts of Body:

Arms and hands

General Characteristics:

Gemini is the Jack of All Trades, Master of None. She wants to try everything. Gemini is interested in any subject and wants to get involved in anything that is going on. Gemini is talkative and busy. Gemini is quite fond of words and will often play with them. At best, Gemini is open minded, friendly, and curious. At worst, Gemini is flighty, fickle, and indecisive.

Virgo the Virgin

乙女座 (Otome Za)

Mutable Earth

Virgo

Human Archetype:

The Secretary

Sect:

Night

Planets Dignified in Virgo:

Mercury, Ruler and Exalted; Venus, Day Triplicity Ruler; Moon, Night Triplicity Ruler; Mars, Participating Triplicity Ruler

Planets Debilitated in Virgo:

Jupiter, Detriment; Venus, Fall**

Part of Body:

Stomach

General Characteristics:

Virgo is meticulous and precise but has a tendency to miss the forest for the trees. Despite Virgo’s meticulous nature, sometimes she will be untidy, because if she cannot do something perfectly she will not do it at all. At best, Virgo is conscientious, detail oriented, and precise, with a sharp intellect. At worst, Virgo is a brutal perfectionist, ruthlessly finding fault in self and others.

Sagittarius the Archer

射手座 (Ite Za)

Mutable Fire

Sagittarrius

Human Archetype:

The Explorer

Sect:

Day

Planets Dignified in Sagittarius:

Jupiter, Ruler and Night Triplicity Ruler; Sun, Day Triplicity Ruler; Saturn, Participating Triplicity Ruler

Planet Debilitated in Sagittarius:

Mercury, Detriment

Parts of Body:

Hips

General Characteristics:

Sagittarius is the Archer, and her motto is, “I shot an arrow into the air, where it landed, I know not where.” Nor does she care. Sagittarius is enthusiastic and engaging. What Sagittarius lacks in manners, she makes up for in charm and sense of humor. Sagittarius likes to expound and pontificate, but can be over confident at times. Sagittarius’ charm and friendliness allow her to get away with gaffes and social blunders in a way that no other sign can. At best, Sagittarius is optimistic, generous, and friendly. At worst, Sagittarius is pompous, over confident, and bold to the point of rashness.

Pisces the Fish

魚座 (Uo Za)

Mutable Water

Pisces

Human Archetype:

The Dreamer

Sect:

Night

Planets Dignified in Pisces:

Jupiter, Ruler; Venus, Exalted and Day Triplicity Ruler; Mars, Night Triplicity Ruler; Moon, Participating Triplicity Ruler

Planet Debilitated in Pisces:

Mercury, Detriment and Fall

Parts of Body:

Feet

General Characteristics:

Pisces is a very sweet, gentle, compassionate, and self-sacrificing sign, but is the sign least suited to the modern world. Practicality and terrestrial matters are often quite beyond Pisces, and she tends to float away in her watery dreams. Pisces will see the big picture easily, but has no understanding or head for details. Although Pisces must be careful of getting lost in her fantasy life, she absolutely needs to have time to retreat from the harsh realities of everyday life. At best, Pisces is gentle, kind, loving, and compassionate. At worst, Pisces is inconstant and impractical, with escapist tendencies.

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*There are several different versions of Triplicity Rulers. I use the Dorothean Triplicity Rulers.

**Sometimes planets are both dignified and debilitated in the same sign. There do exist quantitative methods of analyzing dignity and debility in which they cancel each other out; however, I prefer a more qualitative approach that considers both.