9th House: Breaking Through Mental Limitations

9th house9th House and Your Worldview

9th house is the frontier of your mind.  A smoothly functioning 9th house usually brings about a sense of optimism and ever expanding possibility for you to learn, grow and accomplish new goals.  A poorly functioning 9th house could lead to a sense of confusion, boredom, meaninglessness and even despair in extreme cases.

Law, philosophy, religion, higher education, foreign travels and more – these diverse range of 9th house keywords all have to do with knowledge or experience that can expand our worldview.

A highly developed 9th house (a sophisticated worldview, if you will) tends to prepare one for success in the 10th house realm of career – conversely, a limited worldview (lack of higher education, for example) could limit one’s vision of success and life development.

Issues Associated with Tension in the 9th House

9th house is the derivative 12th house of the 10th.   We could say your parent’s (10th) unconscious limitations (12th house) deeply affected your worldview (9th).  For example, if a father unconsciously believes that “women should stay home and raise children,” his daughter might opt to marry when she is 18, instead of going to college – or she might choose to go to a community college instead of getting a 4 year degree.

If a ruler of your 9th house is under high developmental tension (i.e. receives a hard aspect from Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or Pluto), there is a possibility that your education might have been interrupted at some point.  If this is the case, going back to college at a later point could be an important act of completion, especially if there is a sense of regret at not having done so.

Aside from an interrupted education, there might be issues in the worldview you might’ve absorbed from your family based on ethnicity, religion, household income and so on.  Following your parents’ example, you may be placing limitation on yourself with regard to how much you’re able to succeed in life, work and relationships.

Tension in the 9th house might suggest a need for you to work hard (mentally) at breaking free of these invisible barriers that have been placed within your mind.

How to Navigate the 9th House Successfully

As stated before, 9th house is the frontier of your mind.  If you feel stymied in your life or career, the obstacle you face may be located within your mind rather than anything external.  To expand your worldview, try any of the following:

  • Travel to a foreign country.  Take the 9th house symbolism literally – it’s amazing how much you discover about your own culturally-based beliefs and assumptions while living in a foreign culture.
  • Seek wisdom from ancient & modern spiritual teachings. If you feel worn out from living in a materially-obsessed culture, this might give you an alternative perspective.
  • Learn about something that interests you.  Take a course, even go for a certification if you want to do something new professionally.
  • Question your beliefs about important things.  Money, relationship, work, health – what do you believe is possible in your life?  How is that similar or different from the beliefs exemplified by your parents?
  • Use affirmations to change core beliefs.  A phrase representing your new belief, repeated many times each day, can replace existing limiting beliefs over time.  If money is an issue, try Louise Hay’s wealth affirmations: “My income is constantly increasing” and “I prosper wherever I turn.”  For more helpful affirmations, you can read this post.

 

Life is full of changes, and our worldview will have to continue to evolve if we are to maintain a positive attitude amidst all the new challenges we face.  A successful navigation of 9th house can help you feel at peace regarding your place and purpose in the universe, and that in turn can help you accomplish your life’s work (10th house.)

 

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8th House: Overcoming Destructive Habits

8th House8th House and the Habit of Comparison

In psychological astrology, 8th house represents “other’s values and self worth.”  Considering the fact that 8th house is always opposite from 2nd house (representing your values and self worth), perhaps it’s only natural that people tend to compare themselves against each other in terms of their income, looks, status and possessions. A strong natal tension in the 2nd and the 8th house may suggest insecurity with regard to your own worth or value in relation to others.

If the 2nd-8th house axis is under tension, you might get into a habit of self criticism through comparing yourself with others that have more than you in some area.  This habit can turn into a lifelong game of trying to get ahead of others in order to feel better about yourself.  Happiness from achievement is often short-lived, if comparison with others is the only means you have to measure your success (as opposed to having an internal compass that define your own version of success.)

8th House and the Habit of Criticism

Other people with a strong 8th house tension may develop a habit of regularly criticizing others, either silently or out loud.  Some say that criticism is based on a desire to feel superior to others (“I’m right and you’re wrong”), thereby resolving the insecurity of the 2nd-8th house tension momentarily.  Noel Tyl said people with natal 8th house tension may have difficulty giving compliments to others, because they fear being diminished by doing so.

Both of the above dynamics come from the unconsciously held belief that the only way to feel secure is to bring others down (criticism) or not elevating others too high (not able to give compliments.)  Their unfortunate consequence is that relationships become difficult to sustain due to constant criticism or lack of appreciation.

Building Others’ Self Worth and Well-Being: Reversing the Destructive Habits

The opposition between the 2nd and the 8th house suggests important connection between your own self worth and that of others – we could even say that the values we perceive in others reflect our own self-worth.

To reverse the destructive pattern of criticism, it’s better to create a habit of building others up – including giving compliments frequently and freely about other people’s strengths and accomplishments.  In giving the gift of appreciation to others, our own self-respect and appreciation grow.

Many therapists and wellness experts (those that work on restoring the mental/physical well-being of others) have 8th house theme in their horoscope, and through the act of healing and building others up, they often experience increased well-being themselves.  The mirror-like reflection between 2nd and the 8th house suggests that stopping the habit of criticism and starting the habit of praising others might be your best confidence builder.

 

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Saturn in Synastry: Gifts and Challenges of Saturn Interaspects

Saturn in Synastry

Saturn in Synastry: Getting Rid of Misconceptions

Saturn is often vilified to such a degree that many people fear it kills any hope of a satisfying relationship if one shows up in a synastry contact.  The fact is you don’t see many long lasting relationships without a significant Saturn contact.

Saturn’s role is to create order and consistency in your life through limitation, and its function extends to your relationships.  Without Saturn’s involvement, you will most likely switch partners as soon as you encounter even a tiny bit of discomfort.

Saturn in Synastry: Understanding Its Challenges and Gifts

Now that you’re becoming aware of Saturn’s importance in creating lasting relationships, we can look at some of the challenges and opportunities it represents in synastry contacts (here we’re mostly concerned with hard aspects, but it’s OK to consider soft aspects as well.)

Saturn – Sun contact: This is a vital contact for both parties.  The Saturn person’s commitment may add a much needed structure and safety to the Sun person’s life, while the Sun person may provide warmth and energy to the Saturn person’s stern exterior.  The danger exists if the Saturn person’s negativity proves too strong for the Sun person to break through.

Saturn – Moon contact: In contrast to the previous combination, Moon can be more vulnerable to Saturn’s restrictive pressure – but it greatly depends on the Moon’s sign.  A Capricorn Moon will be able to shrug the pressure off, whereas a Moon in Sagittarius may have more of a difficulty giving up the freedom.  All the same, this combination could be as significant as that of the Saturn-Sun contact, especially if the Saturn person is mature enough to be able to protect the sensitivity of the Moon person.

Saturn – Mercury contact: This contact can be excellent for a business or a mentor-student relationship.  Saturn person’s wisdom or maturity can shape the Mercury person’s thought process.  Or the process could reverse itself and the Mercury person’s knowledge could add to the Saturn person’s maturity – a role reversal like that tends to depend on which one is the older of the two.

Saturn – Venus contact: Similar to the Saturn-Moon interaspect, a lot hinges on the Venus’ sign placement.  Venus in an Earth sign deals better with the responsibility and commitment demanded by Saturn.  If both parties are mature enough, the Venus person could add the necessary social grace to the Saturn person’s life.

Saturn – Mars contact: This interaspect can breed a lot of resentment if the Mars person isn’t able to tolerate restrictions well.  In a close relationship, it helps if you can work together at doing something productive.  Noel Tyl said the key to handling this aspect is in realizing that energy (Mars) needs control (Saturn) in order to be channeled effectively – this seems to apply just as well in relationships (needless to say, this contact is easier to handle in a business relationship.)

Saturn – Jupiter contact: This can be a highly productive combination, as Saturn and Jupiter “get” one another and respect each other’s necessary functions (stability and expansion.)  You will most likely experience great teamwork in the areas affected by this interaspect.

Saturn – Saturn contact: You will have this contact if you were born within a few months of each other (or, of course, if your ages are about 7 years apart, 14 years apart, etc.)  The key point is that you will strengthen each other’s natal Saturn complex – perhaps you might even represent the Saturn figure in the other person’s life (father, mentor, boss, etc.)  This then becomes a test or a learning experience to see how well you’re handling the lessons suggested in your natal chart.

Saturn – Uranus contact: The Uranus person might present the Saturn person with a shocking new idea, perhaps due to generation gap.  The idea may be hard to accept, or it could be ultimately liberating.  Generalization is difficult, as both planets move slowly enough to become a generational interaspect.

Saturn – Neptune contact: This could represent a spiritual or an aesthetic influence from the Neptune person, as long as the Saturn person is receptive to it.  In an extreme scenario, Neptune may represent something more sinister like deception or influence of alcohol, drugs, etc, but again it’s not possible to generalize these slow moving interaspects.  The Saturn person’s role may be to represent the sober but necessary truth, while the Neptune person’s role may be to open the Saturn person’s eyes to a more joyful world.

Saturn – Pluto contact: This contact is heavy and serious, and carries with it an awareness of status or power.  What is the underlying motivation behind this relationship?  Is it productive or destructive?  The right combination of people could accomplish so much here.

Saturn – Ascendant contact: Ascendant isn’t a planet, so possibly the Saturn person could wield more influence over the formation of the Ascendant person’s identity.  This may be a classic teacher-student combination.  At the same time, if the age gap is reversed (i.e. Saturn person being younger than the Ascendant person), the Ascendant person’s persona could influence the maturation of the Saturn person.

Saturn – Midheaven contact: This can be a highly influential contact.  The Saturn person can affect the Midheaven person as an authority figure, and could shape the future professional direction of the MC person.  Here again if the Midheaven person is much older than the Saturn person, the role could be reversed and the MC person’s social status can aid the Saturn person’s professional development.

In Closing: The Necessity of Saturnian Pressure in Relationships

We need the pressure of responsibility Saturn represents to grow and accomplish things, and this includes the pressure of committed relationships (here we include a broad range of important relationships: marriage, teacher-student, even a relationship to a group or a cause. )

The existence of a challenging Saturn interaspect in your relationship does not doom your relationship – it simply makes it more real and meaningful, the longer you keep learning from it.

How do you experience the Saturn interaspects in your significant relationships?  Does the experience get better or richer over time?  Please feel free to share your experience through email or in the comment section.

 

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Virgo – Pisces Axis: Complementary Perceptions

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Mutable signs represent the workings of your mind.  If Gemini-Sagittarius axis defines contrasting approaches to learning and information sharing, Virgo-Pisces axis outlines complementary perceptions with which to experience life.

 

Virgo and Pisces: 2 Types of Intellect

Like the other mutable pair, Virgo and Pisces represent certain types of knowing and intellect:

  • Virgo’s knowing is grounded in details you can see and measure, whereas Pisces’ knowing is based on feelings and intuition.
  • Virgo uses facts and linear thinking (e.g. logic) to solve problems, while Pisces relies on parallel processing (e.g. visualization) and leaps of intuition.
  • Virgo excels in a field where correct answer is already available, while Pisces tends to do better in a field with no clear-cut definitions of right or wrong.
  • In terms of problem solving, Virgo is interested in improving the current situation – no improvement is too small.  Pisces is more interested in a universal solution that resolves big problems.
  • Left alone, Virgo’s focus tends to become too narrow and rigid, whereas Pisces’ focus tends to become too broad and impractical.

 

Virgo and Pisces in Your Horoscope

Like all opposing signs, Virgo and Pisces represent complementary energies that, through their contrast, challenge you to develop your potential.  Developing both Virgo & Pisces modes of perception will make you more creative and discerning.

Physics, engineering, business, psychology – regardless of the field they’re in, the geniuses that advance their field to a whole new level usually express both of these traits: Mastery of technical details (Virgo) and the ability to envision outside-the-box solutions to big problems (Pisces).

If your horoscope is strong in either of these signs, you can capitalize on its strength while trying out the complementary mode of thinking & perception represented by the opposing sign.

Do you have either Virgo or Pisces dominant in your horoscope?  If so, how does it color your thinking in your work and relationships?  Have you noticed that incorporating the opposing sign’s approach might be beneficial at times?  Feel free to share your thoughts and experience through emails or comments.

 

PS: Even if you don’t have any planet in Virgo or Pisces, for the purpose of our discussion, Neptune emphasis can substitute for Pisces and Mercury (even Gemini) can substitute for Virgo.  Be flexible, and have fun experimenting!

 

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Vocational Astrology: Moon and Work Satisfaction

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Moon in Vocational Astrology

In vocational astrology, natal Moon’s placement in your horoscope has much to do with what you need for work satisfaction (for a basic introduction on Moon signs related to your career, read Moon’s emotional need in the workplace.)

Although you’ll always want to look at the entire horoscope for a full understanding of your vocational potential, you can nevertheless learn a lot from studying your natal Moon position.Keep Reading >>

Pluto Says You Can’t Always Trust Your Feelings

Pluto and Emotions

Sayings like “feelings never lie,” or “trust in your gut feelings” reflect the importance of being in touch with our emotions.  While it’s true that your feelings can pick up subtle signals that your conscious mind may miss, there are times you must choose not to trust your feelings.

How Feelings are Born and Stored Within

Feelings occur as a result of experience.  From the time you were born, your mind began to collect and store all of your experiences in terms of feelings and emotions.  Astrologically, Moon symbolizes the inner repository that stores all emotional impressions (hence its association with memory).

The store of emotional impressions can be pictured as a vast ocean within your psyche.  This inner ocean has multiple currents and undercurrents to represent your various needs, desires and fears.  Moon cycles through all of these emotional currents every month, while other planets such as Pluto tend to stay in one area for a very long time.

 

Pluto and Repressed Emotions: When Not to Trust Your Feelings

Pluto controls currents in the deepest, darkest part of the psyche, representing particularly intense feelings of shame, hatred and trauma.  These feelings tend to be repressed when they are first experienced (typically during childhood, but not always).

Such repression occurred automatically as a defensive measure, because it was not safe for a child (i.e. you) to feel or express these emotions at the time.  Left untended, however, these feelings tend to become twisted, and begin to negatively affect your self-image.

Noel Tyl said “We easily turn feelings into facts,” believing things like “because I’ve felt worthless for so long, it must be true!”  (Substitute “worthless” with anything that you feel to be true: unlovable, not good enough, etc.)

It’s these types of feelings that you must not trust.

 

Pluto Transit and Emergence of Repressed Feelings

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Your Natal Mars: Keys to Passionate Creativity

Astrological Mars - Passionate Creativity

Mars represents the thrill of the hunt, or the aliveness you feel when you are exerting all you have in order to win.  In your birth chart, it is your passion in motion.

Mars Symbol: Keys to Creativity and Passion

Mars symbol represents male sexual penetration.  Thus the energy Mars symbolizes is intimately tied to your creative impulse (its pursuit of Venusian beauty and ideals results in the creation of something new.)

By reflecting on this symbol, we can appreciate a few components of creativity:

1) Penetration: Digging deeply into one’s chosen field of study is a masculine quality (regardless of your gender).  The idea of penetration suggests deep involvement with a subject or a person, not just on an intellectual (Mercurial) level.  In other words, creativity comes from deep involvement.

It’s very difficult to experience passionate creativity when you are just scratching the surface of things.  If you want to experience more creativity, try going deeper into your path (work, hobby, relationship, etc) instead of jumping from one thing to another.  [Note Mars’ classic rulership of Scorpio reflects this idea of masculine depth and fixedness of purpose.]

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Relationship Astrology: Sun-Venus Aspect & Midpoint

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Sun – Venus ASPECT: Too Sweet?

In transit or solar arc, Sun-Venus contact suggests energized social and/or romantic activities.  Unless it occurs under a more serious long-term influence (e.g. Pluto, Saturn etc), we can expect this to be a pleasant period where you might spend more time enjoying other people’s company than usual.

Natal conjunction (or semisquare) of Sun-Venus often suggests a pleasant personality.  Venus function tends to help form bonds between people, so a healthy expression of this placement will be expressed as the genuine ability to attract and befriend others.

The only issue here might be that Venus’ focus tends to be a little shallow (for better or worse), so a lot of ego energy (the Sun) being focused on her sphere could starve other parts of your psyche (Mars, Uranus and Pluto, especially).  Young person with Sun-Venus aspect might refuse to see the darker side of her friends’ character, and may end up being hurt or disappointed upon finding out.

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Sun-Mercury Aspect & Midpoint in Astrology

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Sun-Mercury ASPECT: Ego-Energy infusing the Thought System

Sun represents the energy of your evolving self.  Mercury represents how you need to think and communicate in order to be effective. The two ‘planets’ in aspect evoke the feel of ego’s energy infusing the thought system.

Sun conjunct Mercury: Idealization as a Defense

Traditional astrology describes the danger of Mercury “burning up” in proximity to the Sun, thereby losing objectivity.  In childhood the emerging ego could immerse itself in a web of comfortable thoughts and ideas, thus distancing itself from (and defending against) painful reality.  A tendency toward idealization is a definite possibility.

As the self matures, the combination could evolve into a strong intellectual gift of one kind or another.  The nature of sign occupied by Sun and Mercury will significantly affect this pair’s expression.  Fire and Air signs tend toward brilliant expression of thoughts, whereas Water and Earth may suggest contemplation and discernment.

Sun/Mercury MIDPOINT: The Point of Intellectual Self Expression

Here are some examples of the potential manifestation of Sun/Mercury midpoint:

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