EYE ON ASTROLOGY: New Light on Friends and Enemies Part 1
New students of astrology learn to memorize that Jupiter/Mars/Sun and Moon are a cluster of friends and that Saturn/Venus and Mercury are a cluster of friends and while there are a lot of neutrals and other relationships, we often get lost and fail to translate this into English to help students and clients understand what it really means. In modern times, it is rarely the case that an enemy will break into our house and attack us it is more often something more subtle so even using the word enemy lacks clarity.
A modern way of understanding this is more connected to examining the nature of the planet involved and what happens when they are in an enemies sign and why they have to really fight to bring out their nature. For example, Mars by nature is a solider, a fighter and needs to be involved in action and not thinking too much and not caught in the sensual realm of Venus. Mars by nature is a celibate and a good solider has his maximum energy to fight and conquer if he has not used up his vital energy in a night of passion. Hence Mars in Taurus or Libra or conjunct Venus, is in enemies houses or afflicted by an enemy is tempted out of his dharma. He may enjoy great sensual pleasures and food but will get lost from his mission and nature and dharma and hence he is out of his natural element. He may have a lot of fun but he will not be fulfilling his highest calling. Hence he is in enemy territory.
Lets look at Mars and Mercury as bitter enemies. Mars thrives when he is physically moving, athletic and exerting his prowess. When he is in Gemini or Virgo or conjunct Mercury, he may get too caught in his head may be thinking too much and this may block his natural energies. We often note that Mars/Mercury conjunctions can cause accidents because if our enemy has done something to upset us, we are thinking too much about it not focusing in the moment on driving or the task at hand and we get into trouble. In this way, Mercury afflicts Mars natural ability to focus on the moment and the action at hand and not caught up remember what someone said and being angry.
I hope to write a series of these but the point is that we have to think why planets are in enemies territory or afflicted by an enemy and translate it into something useful that a client or student can understand. We need to modernize the archetypal relationships in astrology to shed new light on their real meaning so we can grow in awareness of what we really need to do in order to remedy the afflicted planet and its situation.
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