Cage of Saturn

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Saturn is a cage and Libra, Aquarius, and Capricorn are stuck in it. Libra is exalted in Saturn while Aquarius and Capricorn are ruled by Saturn. For these three signs, structure can serve as two things. It can either be a place of comfort and familiarity, or a place of suffocating restriction. In this sense, Libra, Capricorn, and Aquarius have to learn how to break themselves free, but at the same time, not trap themselves by creating their own personal cages.

Libra gains freedom from the cage by finding a relationship where they can genuinely express themselves without worrying about social norms and expectations. They’ve seen plenty of social situations to the point where they are skilled at communicating the right words and showing the proper gestures. Social norms and expectations is the cage Libra is trapped in. The struggle that Libra can fall into is creating idealistic expectations in their own relationships to where they can’t be themselves. Libra doesn’t just need relationships and harmony, they need intimate, strong relationships that will free them from stifled self-expression. The driving force for Libra is peace.

Capricorn gains freedom from the cage by deciding to create their own structure through their own successes, rather than what is collectively known as success. They’ve seen plenty of what the world is like to the point where they know the mechanisms of how it works on a tangible, physical plane. The practicality, reality, and physical limits of the world is what restricts Capricorn. However, the struggle Capricorn can fall into is being too stuck in their own practical ways to the point where they restrict themselves when the original intention was to enhance and utilize their skills for the better. Capricorn doesn’t need just success, they need a success that truly utilizes their skills and what they seek from the world. The driving force for Capricorn is ambition.

Aquarius gains freedom from the cage by deciding to revolutionize and deconstruct societal norms that will not only be helpful for themselves, but for everyone else. They’ve seen plenty of how the world changes and stabilizes to the point where they know exactly what changes to make in the world and where. The community and societal resistance to change is what restricts Aquarius. However, the struggle Aquarius can fall into is being too stuck in their own ideas of revolution and change to the point where they impose their own definition of change rather than realizing that change has many different definitions that can help the community. Aquarius doesn’t need just change, they need a change that is not only true for them, but for the community. The driving force for Aquarius is novelty.

Gemini and Sagittarius: Skepticism

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A trait that is shared between Sagittarius and Gemini as sister signs is being simultaneously open and skeptical. Where the openness and skepticism comes from for the two signs are different.

With Gemini, it is an air sign that naturally rules over the 3rd House. The 3rd House shows objective thinking and primary education. Your neighborhood, a small, confined “world” is also shown in the 3rd House. Gemini itself represents youthfulness and the exciting exchange of communication that sparks learning due to being exposed to new concepts and ideas. Gemini, as a logical air sign, will ask, “Where are the facts? How do these facts logically tie altogether?” They will put their preconceptions and the new concept side by side. Their preconceptions often comes from what they’ve formulated themselves in their mind, what they’ve heard from others, and what they’ve learned in school – all of these spaces are limited spaces. From a confined, limited space, Gemini can learn to expand their mind. As an air sign, Gemini is able to channel their skepticism in a rational way, for their way of thinking is often logical and objective.

With Sagittarius, it is a fire sign that naturally rules over the 9th House. The 9th House shows subjective thinking and secondary education. The world itself is also shown in the 9th House. Sagittarius itself represents wisdom and the exciting thrill of exploration that sparks learning due to seeing the grandeur of all concepts and ideas on a grand scale. Sagittarius, as a passionate fire sign, will ask, “I’ve already seen so many things in the world, why should I believe in this?” They, like Gemini, will also put their preconceptions and the new concept side by side. Their preconceptions often comes from what they’ve found to believe in due to a lot of exposure and various life experiences – all of these origins are from open spaces. From a wide, grand space, Sagittarius can learn to mentally take root. As a fire sign, Sagittarius is able to channel their skepticism in a passionate way, for their way of thinking is often energetic and subjective.

The Spotlight in Relationship Dynamics

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The spotlight changes between the 7th House and the 8th House when it comes to relationships of all kinds. With the 7th House, the spotlight is not on you, but your partner. It’s a time of initiating opportunities to discover and learn about each other. The 7th House rules the spark of start one-on-one interactions. The 7th House is after all naturally ruled by Libra, a cardinal sign. While the spotlight is on the partner, there’s a lot to see. A lot of things to like, a lot of things to dislike. However, even if the spotlight is on the other person, you still exist in the darkness. You react to your partner from the darkness and they react in their own way in the light. Even though you’re not seen, what you give to your partner is what you get. This is called projection an this can occur when you’re self-unaware because the spotlight isn’t on you.

However, all of that changes with the 8th House. The spotlight turns to you the moment you want to make the relationship deeper. After being in the dark for some time, the light is painfully blinding when it hits your eyes. The blinding light in a sense can represent the pain of intimacy. Intimacy is shown in the 8th House and it can either bring the best or the worst out of you. With the 8th House, there is a sense of having unwanted exposure. There are parts of yourself that are now seen out in the open, whether you want it seen or not. You are exposed in a painfully genuine way. If you and your partner reject the flaws that are presented, the relationship will end. If you and your partner accepts the flaws, then the relationship gets stronger. The 8th House is after all naturally ruled by Scorpio, a fixed sign. After sightseeing qualities of a person in a relationship, you take those qualities and accept them for who they are. Or, you can throw those qualities out the door and cause the chaos Scorpio is known for.

This process happens in terms of different perspectives. To you, your partner is in the spotlight 7th House) and eventually, the spotlight comes onto you (8th House.) To your partner, the opposite occurs – with you in the spotlight and your partner in the dark. With this simultaneously occurring, in a relationship, the two people are simultaneously lit and hidden. This is why you notice so much about the other person, but maybe not yourself. The whole picture will be shown eventually, but how the people are shown will affect everything, for how the people are shown will affect the relationship dynamic, which is illustrated by the 7th and the 8th House.

Jupiter in the 12th House

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The 12th House can often simultaneously represent freedom and imprisonment at the same time. Our dreams and subconscious, free, but also contained spaces are represented in the 12th House. Prisons and hospitals are often represented in the 12th House because prisoners and patients are restricted to stay in the building, but they are free from the brutality of the societal norms outside.

For those with Jupiter in the 12th House, the subconscious is not a prison, but a playground. It is a retreat, a place to escape, but also a fun place to discover. With that being said, those with Jupiter in the 12th like to spend a lot of time to themselves because they have the most fun when they are in solitude. They feel as if they are free to escape into themselves and not worry about the burdens of the world around them. Due to this, they can often feel weirdly distanced from others, for they feel their subconscious, their place of refuge, feels like a different world.

The outside world can often feel like a prison for these natives while their private self feels like freedom. Jupiter is the planet that shows what talents easily comes to us in the natal chart, and with Jupiter in the 12th House, people with this placement may feel that their talents are often brushed away. People with this placement can often feel that they aren’t showing their full potential because they are not allowed to. The native can also be unaware of their talents, so therefore, they can either be directionless or will follow a path that doesn’t truly utilize their skills.

The skills and talents that come with this placement lies in spirituality and intuition, for these are the items covered in the 12th House. Their talents lie in a realm that may not be considered realistic or societally applicable, for their skills are most effectively applicable for situations that are expansive, unstructured, and subjective… These are characteristics of items that expand beyond the daily workings of society. Individuals with this placement would often be gifted in subjects that expand beyond the daily workings of reality such as religion and philosophy. People with this placement are skilled in thinking beyond what meets the eye, for they are easily to give deeper meaning and reason for how life works. Jupiter in the 12th natives can be great teachers due to this.

Jupiter is the planet of luck and opportunity. Jupiter is the planet that can twist circumstances for abundance, for better or worse. Those with this placement can be lucky in the most unknown cases. It is often said that those with this placement can have a guardian angel watching over them, since bad events often do not occur due to unknown, but lucky circumstances. However, due to this luck, some individuals with this placement may push their luck, for they don’t often hold the painful weight of consequences until it’s too late.

The subconscious mind of Jupiter in the 12th House is constantly expanding, and with expansion, there is a need to fill the mind with knowledge. There is a deep fascination with the world, for there is often a deep need to discover and learn new things. Hope and beliefs is hidden, but strong in these individuals. After all, they can perceive the world to be a place with limits, and their hope and optimism drives them to go beyond the limits they see. Optimistic wisdom is often naturally present in these people, and their words can often be surprisingly profound.

The lesson that often needs to be learned with those with Jupiter in the 12th House is to find freedom in all places, while still acknowledging the workings of reality. Instead of constantly escaping from the real world, those with this placement can learn to create their own freedom with the optimism and hope found within them. As the planet of Jupiter, natives with this placement often create the most positive opportunities when they choose to use their talents to sacrifice and help others.

Those with this placement are gifted in giving hope to others and providing a different, insightful perspective due to their expanding mind. It can be hard at first for natives to apply their talents into the real world, but through these struggles, they can learn to heal others by expanding their minds positively and encourage thinking what is present beyond the naked eye.

With self-awareness, those with this placement can naturally become wise and profound individuals. At their worst, those who are aware of their secret talents and skills can use this to overly inflate their ego, subconsciously justifying the existence of their skills to consider themselves higher than others. With this inflation of the ego, natives with this placement can struggle to root themselves to reality, failing to realize that everyone, regardless of their gifts, are students.

The Offensive and Defensive

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Inspired by this quote by Linda Goodman

Where Aries and Scorpio rules in your natal chart shows where we are defensive and offensive. Aries shows where you are defensive, for Aries rules the defensive part of combat with Mars. Scorpio shows where you are offensive, for Scorpio rules the offensive part of combat with Mars. In a sense, Aries can often show where you feel vulnerable while Scorpio can show where you feel powerful potential.

Looking where Mars and Pluto are in your chart can often explain why we protect ourselves, whether it be through offense or defense.

If you have an Aries/Libra or Taurus/Scorpio interception, you may feel as if you have a weakness. With an Aries/Libra interception, you may feel defenseless and vulnerable with no walls while with a Taurus/Scorpio interception, you would feel powerless and weak with no weapons. To find your source of protection and power, you would have to look at your Mars and Pluto, depending on which sign is intercepted. With duplications, you may feel as if you have too much protection. With an Aries duplication, you can feel highly defensive with many walls to protect you while with a Scorpio duplication, you can feel highly offensive with too many weapons at your disposal.

Aries Ruling the Houses + Mars in the Houses

You get defensive when you feel that people are threatening your ___. You feel that you will ___ if you don’t defend yourself.

  • Aries ruling the 1st: self-expression / not be able to express yourself the way you want to
  • Aries ruling the 2nd: values and confidence / not be able to feel secure
  • Aries ruling the 3rd: words and intelligence / be seen to be intellectually inferior
  • Aries ruling the 4th: family and roots / not be able to feel comfortable with your beginnings
  • Aries ruling the 5th: your fun and passions / not be able to easily access your inspirations
  • Aries ruling the 6th: daily life / not be able to get through your day
  • Aries ruling the 7th: one-on-one interactions / not be able to establish good relationships with others
  • Aries ruling the 8th: secret self and tendencies / not be able to truly gain intimate acceptance from others
  • Aries ruling the 9th: beliefs and views / not have a strong sense of direction and purpose in life
  • Aries ruling the 10th: ambitions and goals / lose your power and mark on the world
  • Aries ruling the 11th: friends and community / will not belong anywhere
  • Aries ruling the 12th: inner self / not be able to forgive and accept yourself

You get defensive because you feel that your ___ is/are fragile and/or not creditable.

  • Mars in the 1st: self-expression
  • Mars in the 2nd: confidence
  • Mars in the 3rd: mind
  • Mars in the 4th: comfort
  • Mars in the 5th: inspiration
  • Mars in the 6th: routine
  • Mars in the 7th: relationships
  • Mars in the 8th: dark side
  • Mars in the 9th: beliefs
  • Mars in the 10th: goals
  • Mars in the 11th: community
  • Mars in the12th: subconscious

Scorpio Ruling the Houses + Pluto in the Houses

You get offensive when you feel that people are threatening your ___. You feel that you have the potential to powerfully ___ over any threat.

  • Scorpio ruling the 1st: self-expression / express yourself
  • Scorpio ruling the 2nd: values and confidence / assert your security and self-esteem
  • Scorpio ruling the 3rd: words and intelligence / communicate
  • Scorpio ruling the 4th: family and roots / have peace
  • Scorpio ruling the 5th: your fun and passions / utilize your inspirations
  • Scorpio ruling the 6th: daily life / organize and analyze your life
  • Scorpio ruling the 7th: one-on-one interactions / work with others
  • Scorpio ruling the 8th: secret self and tendencies / empower yourself
  • Scorpio ruling the 9th: beliefs and views / expand your mind
  • Scorpio ruling the 10th: ambitions and goals / establish yourself
  • Scorpio ruling the 11th: friends and community / transform your sense of belonging
  • Scorpio ruling the 12th: inner self / utilize your subconscious tendencies

You get offensive because you feel that your ___ is a potentially strong part of you.

  • Pluto in the 1st: self-expression
  • Pluto in the 2nd: confidence
  • Pluto in the 3rd: mind
  • Pluto in the 4th: comfort
  • Pluto in the 5th: inspiration
  • Pluto in the 6th: routine
  • Pluto in the 7th: relationships
  • Pluto in the 8th: dark side
  • Pluto in the 9th: beliefs
  • Pluto in the 10th: goals
  • Pluto in the 11th: community
  • Pluto in the 12th: subconscious

Mars in the 12th House

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The 12th House can often simultaneously represent freedom and imprisonment at the same time. Our dreams and subconscious, free, but also contained spaces are represented in the 12th House. Prisons and hospitals are often represented in the 12th House because prisoners and patients are restricted to stay in the building, but they are free from the brutality of the societal norms outside.

When Mars is in the 12th House, the energy in this planet is simultaneously trapped, but also free in the subconscious. Passion and energy bubbles inside the native, the passion truly becoming something unique and distinctive with all the free, imaginative space of the subconscious. However, when the walls of the subconscious crumble due to the lack of control on the surface conscious, that passion will go through the cracks and escape the subconscious for a short time until it is captured again.

Passion and anger is a neutral concept and the neutrality of it will change depending on how the native decides to use that passion. Anger, like the subconscious, can slip out of the native when they are not aware. In a sense, this can make anger hard to control, and sometimes, natives can even struggle to know the details of the existence of their anger. The anger that can come out of an individual with Mars in the 12th can feel foreign. A native may ask, “Where did this anger come from?” “How did I get angry?” “Why am I angry?” while trying to figure out their anger, only to find out that nothing, yet everything, angers them. Often, they can either express their anger passive aggressively, or impulsively. Or both. With passion, they can find themselves molding their energy into almost every hobby, but that hobby doesn’t have strong staying power. With that being said, it can be difficult for a native in the 12th House to find a hobby that truly captivates them.

With energy ruled by Mars, it can be hard for the native to work consistently and routinely. With energy located in the subconscious, the native is most active when the subconscious is most active… With that in mind, it would not be surprising with someone with Mars in the 12th was always tired during the day when the conscious, not the subconscious is active. Those with Mars in the 12th can get tired very easily, for energy for them doesn’t come very clearly and easily. Natives often need to spent time by themselves to recharge so that they’re not overwhelmed by the world around them. Often, before the native starts a task, it can be hard for the native to really start, for they already feel like they’re asserting so much even though nothing has been tangibly. However, when it comes to dreams, those with Mars in the 12th are very active. It’s common for Mars in the 12th to have very engaging, passionate dreams. It’s not surprising for those with Mars in the 12th House to also have sexual dreams.

Those with Mars in the 12th House often unintentionally hide their sexual tendencies. Hiding sexual tendencies can often lead to various results. It is possible for people to not “see” the sexual tendencies of these natives, and due to that, Mars in the 12th natives can be seen to be innocent, when it may not be the case at all. Hidden sexual tendencies are also repressed tendencies. With that in mind, some natives can struggle to control their sexual urges, their sexual nature subconsciously revealed through their body language, tone of their words, and other escape routes the subconscious may take. In that regard, individuals with Mars in the 12th House can also be very sexual. When Mars in the 12th natives feel free, that’s when they do their best in the bedroom. However, on the other end, natives could also lack sexual tendencies, and maybe even have an aversion to sexual matters altogether.

The main theme with Mars in the 12th House is to realize that while it may be hard to grasp certain things that can definitely help on a daily basis, the purpose of Mars in the 12th House is not for daily things. While it is difficult for Mars in the 12th House to be consistently active, passionate, and assertive, it should be noted that when the Mars in the 12th native is any of those three things, if mastered, it is seen beautifully. The passion and energy that is manifested in the 12th House are not simple, for they are not made for simple matters. Mars in the 12th natives are able to absorb anger, passion, and energies with others and have the strong potential to heal other through their actions. While the energy of Mars in the 12th is hard to manage, the energy present in the 12th House is also very flexible and helpful to others. Mars in the 12th is a test of using one’s energy – if the native can successfully pass through the tests in the 12th House, the native can most certainly help others.

Neptune in the 4th House

tj-holowaychuk-61722.jpgThe 4th House represents several things: our past, upbringing, and what keeps us comfortable. The 4th House is in the bottom of the chart, and it often provides a strong starting point and foundation for the native to work upon as the native grows up. Planets in the 4th House show the person investing part of themselves in maintaining this foundation.

Those with Neptune in the 4th may not have a truly correct and tangible idea of what their foundation of life is like. The foundations and values they were built up with can be a lot of things, but at the same time, nothing at all. These foundations and values may have been brought up by their family, or through the native’s past experiences. The native’s family and past are often secretive, yet confusing. With this confusion, a lot of the effects the native has gained from their past and family seeps out without the native consciously knowing.

The past of the native with this placement is hazy. The native may not talk much about their family, past, and upbringing because the native doesn’t know the past clearly. If the native does talk about the past, the native can fabricate stories and lies unconsciously, only noticing after the words have spilled from the mouth. Since the past is unclear, the native may be desperate and put on rose-colored glasses, thinking that an inaccurate view is better than no view at all.

There could be thoughts that a false foundation and past is better than none at all. The self after all can be built and strongly influenced by the foundation of the 4th House. If the native does not have a base, how can the native have a strong sense of self? The native can subconsciously and desperately seek for a past and family to cling onto to maintain a sense of self, even if it doesn’t exist. However, with this lack of existence, having Neptune in the 4th can provide the opportunity for the native to develop a foundation that is truly creative and true to themselves.

The family the Neptune in the 4th native may have grown up in was hard to describe. It may be hard for the native to know what was expected of them in the family, since the expectations can go from one extreme to another without the native noticing it. Perhaps the expectations are known, but the native has no idea on how to fulfill those expectations. These expectations depend on the sign ruling the 4th House.

The image of the native’s family can be very hazy for the native. One of the parents may have worked hard to maintain a certain image or ideal, and if the image and ideal wasn’t fulfilled, the parent may have tried to cover up that fact by putting on rose-colored lenses. Perhaps the native saw their past and family through rose-colored lenses. After all, secrets were never told, and a beautiful image may have been strongly maintained for the sake of tangible existence.

The arts may have been a strong factor in the native’s family. Perhaps one of the native’s parents was artistic, creative, and compassionate. The parent may have been influential in an understated manner or through the undercurrents of the family dynamic. However, one of the parents may have had a strong use of substances. Those with Neptune in the 4th may have had to take care of one of their parents due to the parent being unable to care for the native. One of the parents may have been very secretive and also manipulative, often making a strong tie to the native. There is often a strong tendency of victimization throughout the family.

Those with Neptune in the 4th House may dream of a home, past, or upbringing they never got. Perhaps they know what their past and upbringing looks like. They may dream of a comfort that doesn’t exist, a home that is impossible to realistically implement. Having Neptune in the 4th House can provide a native a strong base to be creative, sacrificial, and loving to others. However, the native can struggle to establish boundaries in other areas of their life, since they were raised in a life with little to no boundaries in the first place.