Dream Interpretation and Analysis Using Transits

Sleep is a large part of our life. On average it’s one third, but only if you truly get your ideal healthy 8 hours every single night (and many of us don’t). It is also a very important part, though in modern culture of over-achievers it is viewed as a period wasted out of your “productive time”.

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Yet sleep is just as essential to our health and well-being as food and water. Multiple biological processes happen while we appear to do nothing but lay there and toss around, but I’m not getting into that, since this is not a biology blog. Unless you’ve been banned from Google I’m sure you can find the info on that if you wish to.

From the consciousness point of view, sleep is akin to trance. A daily state of trance that each of us enters out of physiological necessity but with a psychological pay off, if we care to collect it, since dreams are a direct communication channel between our conscious mind and both our personal subconsciousness and the collective unconscious.

All spiritual practices and cultures that focused on developing the potential of the  human mind across space and time gave great importance to dreams and their meanings – from ancient philosophers to samurai, from Central American shamans to 20th century psychoanalysts.

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The problem of difficulties in dream interpretation is a long standing one. Nowadays you can find a plethora of dream dictionaries with just a few clicks, but that doesn’t really solve it. The thing is – just like cookbook astrological interpretations, these dream symbol interpretations are so generalized that it is by a lucky coincidence the actual meaning of your particular dream is fully clear and explained by looking something up in a one-size-fits-all book (or website). Furthermore, sometimes we can’t look objectively at a situation in our life and define clearly what’s wrong – if we could, our subconscious probably wouldn’t be sending us the signals in the first place! But after we receive the signal, chances are the issue still remains quite sensitive and if we have been pushing it down and refusing to face it, we just might find it difficult to even identify the problem since we’re so used to suppressing it.

Astrological transits is a useful tool to identify the areas of life and issues in your individual life the dream is signaling about. It’s as customized as it can be – transits are happening to your personal unique natal chart and the areas of life (houses) affected also vary among people with similar birth chart placements.

There are several types of dreams, each one has its own astrological signature and I will list them in the order of both their frequency in one’s life and their informational value. 

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1. Reflective dreams

These are the most common and the least valuable. They are just a form of processing and organizing the information our brain has received during the previous day (or several days). Caused by a conversation, some news, a stirring experience and so on, these don’t need to be analysed as they are more of a physiological function of the brain – sorting through the inbox, logging the important things into memory and emptying out the trash folder.

Astrological signature of these dreams is actually the lack of one – there are no aspects with an orb of 2 degrees or less from fast planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to the natal chart during the time of dreaming.

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2. Compensatory dreams

These are the ones psychoanalysis is about – unrealized and suppressed desires. They are signals from your personal subconsciousness expressed in a symbolic form. The recurring ones and the ones that have a developing plot are of a special interest here. Checking the transits for the night or the time you saw the dream will help you define the dream as informationally valuable as well as point to the issue this signal is about.

First thing to look for astrologically is a major aspect (conjunction, opposition, square, trine or sextile) from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a planet of the natal chart with an orb of 2 degrees or less. The natal planet that receives the aspect is the one you should look into for the meaning of the dream – the symbolic nature of the planet itself, the house it is placed in and the house(es) it rules.

It may happen that there are no fast transits to your natal chart during the night, but the transit Moon contacted another transit planet and you have a natal connection between the Moon and this same planet (for example, transit Moon made a trine to Mars and you have a natal Moon-Mars opposition). This kind of mimicking contact may also trigger dreams that bring up the issue described by the planet that is contacted by the Moon. Again, looking at the houses connected with that planet will show the area of life the issue is about.

This transit method is extremely valuable for decoding recurrent dreams and developing-story series of dreams. If you keep track of the dates and look at the transits, more often than not it will be the same houses that are activated during the fast transits for the nights when you see these dreams.

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3. Archetypal dreams

This kind of dreams is a lot more rare than the first two and also carries more importance. Archetypal dreams plug us into the collective subconscious experience and connect us to our true spiritual needs. There are three categories here:

  • archetypal objects (bridges, doors, roads, etc) – these are the ones you can get a good reading on with the help of a dream dictionary, as these objects have a universal common meaning for all people across all cultures
  • archetypal stories (travelling, chasing, overcoming difficulties, studying, and so on) – these are similar to the previous category with a little more personal variation of the shared meaning
  • archetypal entities – the least common category. Many people never experience this kind and the ones that do may not even realise if they’re not familiar with the archetypal entity they have seen. Since we’re all connected within the framework of the collective subconscious, it is no wonder that a person from one culture may see in a dream a mythological creature from a completely different culture and thus they have no knowledge of which archetype this entity might be connected to. They might come across this entity later on, if they start researching the subject. Some of the traits that can help you recognise this type of a dream are: the central figure of the dream is an entity that attracts your attention; it is perceived in detail with some attributes from this entity’s mythology that you might have no prior knowledge of (such as colors, elements of the dress or appearance, etc).

Either one of these categories of archetypal dreams allows us to get in touch with the primal source of the entire human culture without any intermediaries. In some cultures these kinds of dreams were considered a beneficial sign from the higher powers and their encouragement of things we are doing.

Astrological signatures for these dreams are the following:

  1. During the dream there was a transit from a fast planet (Sun, Moon, Mercury, less often Venus or Mars) to a higher planet, most often Uranus or Neptune. It is more common to happen during a conjunction rather than any other aspect. Remember, the orb is 2 degrees or less. The meaning is interpreted according to the higher natal planet that is receiving the aspect (house placement and house rulership).
  2. During a long term transit of a higher planet – Uranus or Neptune – to your natal Mercury, Sun, Moon or ASC you may also see such dreams. Usually when the long-term transit is activated by a fast planet (multiple transit). For example, Neptune is conjuncting your ASC with an orb of 2 degrees or less. Because it’s a slow planet, even with such small orb this transit will last for months, but it doesn’t mean you will have archetypal dreams each night. However, you’re more open energetically to connect with the collective unconscious and during a faster transit, like Mercury squaring your ASC, you may have this experience. Interpretation of the dream in this case will be also connected with the higher planet that is making a transit to your natal chart (the houses it is connected to). It will show the reason for having this dream. The receiving natal planet or ASC will describe the purpose of the dream and its advice.

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4. Prophetic dreams

Another rare and valuable category. Just like the archetypal dreams, many people may never experience these in their life. Actually, this kind is more common among those, whose chart has certain placements indicating predisposition to prophetic dreams. There are various combinations, of course, but most typical is a tight aspect between Uranus or Neptune and Sun, Moon or Mercury in the natal chart. During the night this aspect is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

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5. Karmic memories (Past life memories)

These are even more rare than the previous ones and not everybody experiences them. Some of the characteristics are:

  1. A vivid and detailed picture of the events and life during a certain historical period 
  2. There are no unrealistic elements such as sudden object transformations, flying, talking animals and other typical features of a normal dream.
  3. The plot is short but memorable and we are also left with the knowledge about the details of what we saw that seemingly comes out of nowhere, without these details being shown in the dream itself.
  4. The dream doesn’t seem or feel to be in any way connected to our current situation or activity, i.e. it could not have been inspired by a film or a book you have seen or read the day before.

Spontaneous karmic/past life memory activation is quite rare. If you have done some past life regression hypnosis, it is more likely to come up in your dreams in the days following the session. Otherwise, it may occasionally be activated by a transit and it happens more often to people who have a planet in the 12th house close to the ASC (so in the last ⅓ of the house). At the time of having a past life memory dream, a planet in the 12th house of the natal chart (less often – the 12th house ruler) is activated by a fast transit with an orb of 2 degrees or less.

The astrological signatures of transits to your natal chart described above are an extremely helpful tool in arriving at a more personalized and relevant interpretation of your dreams. If you’re not very familiar with astrology and its tools, there are multiple sites out there that allow you to create a transit chart and also provide information about planets and their symbolism as well as basic knowledge on the meanings of signs and houses. Using the transit method will help you to single out the main theme(s) and idea(s) of the message your own or the collective subconscious is trying to deliver to you during this large part of your life – sleeping.

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Abridged translation from K. Daragan. Original video can be viewed here

The Three Faces of The Moon.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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Astrology of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Astrology of Dexter Morgan, or Daringly Detailed Delineation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why horoscopes don’t work?

Yes, you read it right! Yes, it is an astrology page. So am I trying to sabotage myself? Of course not. I’m crazy, but not that crazy LOL. The horoscopes mentioned in the title are those weekly or monthly prognosis you read (or might have read or at least heard about) in the magazines, newspapers, online or even in a special app.

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Why don’t they work? Well, for starters a large number of them is written by people who have zero astrological knowledge beyond the Sun signs and probably have  never seen a natal chart. I must say I do admire their inexhaustible imagination! Coming up with 12 different predictions on a weekly basis for weeks on end is not something everyone could manage. However, these horoscopes do a disservice to the real astrology, and as much as I appreciate their role in popularizing the Zodiac, I hope the vicious circle will be broken soon.

Surprisingly enough, SOME of the daily/weekly/monthly predictions are made by people who have studied astrology and advanced past the Sun placements. I am even in bigger awe of them! Making predictions based only on the Sun sign is similar to a doctor giving a diagnosis based on the complaint of “Doctor, I have a pain in my chest”. Or a mechanic hearing from a customer: “My car makes this funny noise” – and determining: “Oh, it must be the engine valve!” – without even looking. In both cases there’s a chance they guessed it right, but it will be just that – guessing.

So what does work, then? What is a real astrologer supposed to do? The answer will be: “They do the same thing as a doctor or a mechanic – examine!” Every human body (and every car) is unique and so is a natal chart . Sure, they are some similarities. We all have 2 legs, 2 arms, one heart and 12 pairs of ribs. But we have different DNA, fingerprints and events and circumstance in our life that cause different health problems. A pain in the chest could be a heart attack, a broken rib (or many other things I shouldn’t get into for lack of medical education) – it all depends!

So when you meet someone new and google “Taurus and Leo compatibility” you might as well google “Canadian and Brazilian (or any other nationality) compatibility” – it’s just too general. But if you examine your individual charts (or let a professional do it) – you can have a better understanding of what energies and tendencies will this particular relationship be based on.

So next time you read those Sun sign columns or compatibility articles, do yourself a favor – don’t! You can learn more about your chart, or any other chart, by studying astrology yourself  or finding an astrologer to shed the light on it for you.