by Heather Roan Robbins
It may be the season to be jolly, but there are a lot of zingers flying through the air to test our joy. With the Sun, retrograde Mercury, Venus, and Saturn all now in positive outspoken Sagittarius, impatient curiosity and frank directness can help us keep a twinkle in our eyes, but we may sparkle under duress.
Under this Sagittarian lineup we can feel a compulsion to speak out and share our truth, whether our friend or senator wants to hear it or not. But truth is a complicated thing, and it can be tempting to oversimplify. Mercury retrograde easily clouds our communication (December 2-22) while a conjunction between Saturn and Mercury brings a new seriousness to our words and weight to our decisions, from the national tax package to far subtler personal choices. Because of Mercury’s retrograde cycle, that Mercury-Saturn conjunction becomes exact three times, November 28, December 6, and January 13, and some issue or problem may weigh heavily on our minds throughout this time.
This Mercury-Saturn conjunction can manifest in great concentration or a leap of maturity and responsibility that allows us to make progress on an important topic. Or it can bring a heaviness or depression as we feel the weight of our issue. Or an irritable twitch can make it hard to rest. Our tempers can inflame easily, triggered by mishaps or miscommunications.
On a personal level, let’s be extra careful of one another’s heart for the next few weeks. It can be so easy for even a loving couple or comfortable best buddy to get out of sync or so distracted by work or some burning issue that they get withdrawn or snappish, and the other takes it personally. We can feel miffed and underappreciated oh so easily. But we can get past this if we keep clearing the backlog of our work and clearing the hurt out of the energy fields between us. And find the humor in it all.
On the work and political levels let’s continuously ask tough questions and keep everyone on track and honest throughout the month. We will need to work on important things, even though decisions made now will probably need to be adjusted later. We could feel an urgent itch to get down to something, but may not be sure what. In all fields, strive to give an appropriate response to an irritant, and do not bring out the bazookas unnecessarily.
It will be particularly important to keep our hearts open and our guards ready as Mars, arbiter of our energy and temper, enters Scorpio tonight. This Mars plays hardball, it can bring out a mean streak if we feel poked, one nasty response can escalate to another one. If the people around us become temporarily impossible, it probably won’t help to try and talk it out just then. Instead try a Sagittarian cure and go commune with nature, be generous, or dance with the lights and mistletoe and leave the difficult people alone for the moment.
Now Mercury retrograde is wonderful for going back and picking up loose threads or warming old contacts. So, let’s connect with old friends or family and check in with old clients. Reminisce as we pull out Christmas decorations or winter solstice traditions and let the memories warm our hearts.
Friday, December 8: An exciting Leo Moon forms a grand trine in fire signs with Saturn and Mercury at one corner and Uranus at the other. We may have a lot of work to do, but long for an exciting or spontaneous moment, a laugh, cry, or find ourselves distracted by dramas unfolding on the national stage. Notice evidence that the world is changing, but remember we don’t know which way. Appreciate a wave of competence this afternoon and then noticed the Moon enters Virgo around dinnertime, refining our thoughts and senses, possibly leaving us our mind sharp but our body little tired. Tonight, have great conversations and refill the wells.
Moon trine Uranus 7:12 AM, Moon trine Mercury 10:20 AM, Moon trine Saturn 1:49 AM, Moon sextile Mars 3:40 PM, Moon enters Virgo 4:08 PM.
Saturday, December 9: Afternoon brings a festive note, but this morning our personal work or chore list can feel irritatingly long and we’d rather spend time alone than working through obligations as Mars enters Scorpio and the Moon opposes Venus. Slack off midday or misunderstandings and mistakes can proliferate as the Moon opposes Neptune. We can find our sense of humor more easily by midafternoon as the Moon sextiles Jupiter. Create room for debate, for healthy conversation tonight, as Mercury approaches a trine to Uranus but do be kind in the process. It furthers to work consciously with our imagination as Venus squares Neptune tonight; we may not be realistic around relationships, but we can appreciate the twinkle in the holiday lights.
Mars enters Scorpio 1:59 AM, Moon squares Venus 10:36 AM, Moon opposes Neptune 12:28 PM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 2:49 PM.
Sunday, December 10: Keep looking for the truth underneath the story on this complicated day. We have a chance to change a situation where an old scar gets triggered as Mercury squares Chiron and trines Uranus. If a familiar scenario shows up, don’t go looking for fault; try a different approach, almost any different approach, and break old pattern to allow for new growth. Moods can sweeten tonight as the Moon enters Libra.
Moon trine Pluto 12:11 AM, Moon square Sun 12:51 AM, Mercury trine Uranus to 20 8 AM, Venus square Neptune 6:47 AM, Mercury square Chiron 11:32 AM, Moon square Mercury 11:34 AM, Moon square Saturn 8:02 PM, Moon enters Libra 10 PM.
Monday, December 11: Repair relationships and regain equilibrium as the Libra Moon sextiles Venus. Catch up on loose ends and check in with our working team, it will save a lot of time later on to get on the same page today. Do not distract people who are on a mission, as many people are starting to run behind on their schedules.
Moon sextiles Venus 11:41 PM.
Tuesday, December 12: Look for a declaration of intent, a revelation, a new understanding of the past as retrograde Mercury conjuncts the sun. But do not overgeneralize suspicion. Also, many people are processing a lot of emotions as the Libra Moon squares Pluto today, and will appreciate some support. We’re looking for fairness in job, fairness in relationships, and feeling are a little touchy, but we don’t want to have to put our defenses up. If we do, they’ll be intense.
Moon square Pluto 8:09 AM, Moon sextile Sun 1:38 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 2:32 PM, Sun conjunct Mercury 6:48 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 8:49 PM.
Wednesday, December 13: Batten the hatches and get ready for a snarky storm ahead. The Moon enters broody Scorpio and joins Mars today, which can give us unusual focus but leave us irritable if we’re interrupted or thwarted. Trust issues are on high alert. Retribution may look sweet, but will have but will escalate the situation. Be direct, fair, and find something worthy to focus upon.
Moon sextile Saturn 5:26 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 6:58 AM, Moon conjuncts Mars 12:23 PM. Thursday, December 14: Moon trine Neptune 5:38 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:58 AM.
Thursday, December 14: We can find more space in our souls today as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter, but still may be feeling surgical and reactive as Mars semi-squares Mercury. It is a good day to for demolition. Just make sure not to demolish someone accidentally or say inflaming things just because it feels good. Work with machinery and sharp items or sharp tongues carefully around dinner time. Take a moment to assess the situation and congratulate each other on work well done tonight.
Moon trine Neptune 5:38 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 9:58 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 11:04 AM, Mercury semi-square Mars 6:06 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 6:42 PM.
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by Heather Roan Robbins
Communication is key this week, don’t take it for granted; cherish every moment of understanding. As Mercury turns retrograde (Dec.2-22) and the Sun squares intuitive but confusing Neptune, we step out of ordinary reality and into mythic time. While this can help us create our holiday magic, we may feel like we’re walking through a foggy hall of mirrors and can’t quite see what’s going on. At the same time, Mars opposes Uranus which increases our ingenuity, but also our pool of irritability and the likelihood of accidents.
The planets offer us a few saving graces at the moment as they encourage both a deep and abiding curiosity to help us look past any misinformation until we find a deeper truth, and an opportunity to drop below tension and differences, and drop into an intuitive sense of connection underneath as Jupiter trines Neptune.
As Mercury and Venus are both now in frank and curious Sagittarius we want to believe in honesty but it can be really hard to figure out what is real. People believe their stories, but each story has so many facets. Our biases will show, but we can choose to engage our critical thinking capacity and investigate deeper as Mercury conjuncts serious Saturn this week and twice more before mid-January as Mercury goes back and forth in its retrograde cycle. Let’s be careful what we say, as with this aspect our words will have weight. Our decisions have impact. All while our thinking is cloudy and reactive, and the facts hard to see.
Many people are now speaking out who have held secrets close to the heart and felt oppressed by them. We can see it in the news. But we may also hear of a long festering hurt from our spouse or friend. Even casual allegations are changing people’s lives. With this Mercury retrograde digging through the past, it is particularly important to try to nail down some objective facts underneath in a cloud of feeling, and slow down our decision until we get a bigger picture.
Meanwhile, it’s time to kick our Mercury retrograde survival skills into gear. Confirm all reservations, get winter holiday orders in early so to manage delays or return mistakes. Keep the lines of communication open, and if relationships start to feel frayed or confused, let’s assume it’s based on a misunderstanding or the triggering of an old wound. Open the aperture of the heart and listen with the soul. Keep timetables loose, let travel be an adventure, and keep a book nearby for delays. Do not jump to conclusions, but always look for more information and other side of the story.
Prioritize safety as the weekend begins and we cope with that innovative, revolutionary, shocking, temperamental, accident-prone Mars-Uranus opposition. Discontent can help us launch a project spontaneously, but proceed with care and safety goggles. On Sunday a full Moon in verbal Gemini can stir up emotions and jumble information, so let’s not say anything unforgivable. Let any radical emotional decision percolate until the new year before acting upon it.
Early next week a caring if guarded Cancer Moon can slow us down and help us take care of ourselves, or bring out a more self-protective edge, but the week ends on a more upbeat outgoing Leo Moon as a stabilizing Mars sextiles Saturn and helps us do the right thing, call for the right thing to be done, and put passion into our work.
Friday, December 1: The mood is basically good-natured but with a potential impatient and righteous streak early on. Tend to practicalities and stay grounded as things begin to get weird. Watch out for an impatient, righteous, accident-prone vibe this morning; notice any passive-aggressive edges and step away from the irritant. Use the nervous momentum to clear the deck, pay the bills, and keep lines of communication open with beloveds.
Venus enters Sagittarius 1:14 AM, Mars opposes Uranus 2:05 AM, Moon opposes Jupiter 7:07 AM, Moon sextiles Neptune 7:36 AM, Moon trines Pluto 5:53 PM.
Saturday, December 2: Don’t hold one another responsible for delays or mistakes, instead hold hands and deal with them together. Forget efficiency this morning as a series of minor aspects subtly shifts our agenda and slows process. The mood lightens as the Moon enters verbal Gemini, this afternoon, but though an irritable thread remains and the fog thickens. Conversation can spin in circles, Long talks late into the night can be diverting, just don’t expect to come to any conclusions.
Moon enters Gemini 1:20 PM, the Sun semi-squares Mars 3:22 PM, Moon opposes Venus 4:37 PM, Jupiter trine’s Neptune 6:19 PM. Mercury stations to turn retrograde11:34 PM.
Sunday, December 3: Our nervous systems spin, our hearts may be affectionate, melancholic, with an impractical desire to push and shift the shape of events while Venus semi-squares Pluto. But like a gyroscope spinning, safety can be found in the balance of the center.
Sun squares Neptune 3:43 AM, Moon squares Neptune 7:30 AM, Moon opposes Sun 7:46 AM, Venus semi-squares Pluto 8:11 AM.
Monday, December 4: Keep it simple; multitasking can leave us feeling spread thin, collision of interests can pull us in many directions this morning while the Moon opposes Saturn and Mercury. This afternoon, we can get touchy if things aren’t going the way we’d hoped. Offer a hug, a sense of humor; remember were all in this together.
Moon sextile Uranus 4:37 AM, Moon trine Mars 7:56 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 9:45 AM, Moon opposed Mercury 11:12 AM, Moon enters Cancer 12:36 PM.
Tuesday, December 5: We have a chance for magic this morning, the magic the healing power of compassion, the sweetness of sympathy, a chance to feel the angels around us as the Moon forms a grand trine with Jupiter and Neptune. Or we could sink further into an illusion we cling to. Our energies may pull in around dinner time; don’t take it personally, do ask what would help feel more supported as the Moon opposes Pluto.
Chiron turns direct 1:46 AM, Moon trine Neptune 6:50 AM, Moon trines Jupiter 7:38 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 5:06 PM.
Wednesday, December 6: Begin a project, just stay flexible and ready to adjust. Make decisions and speed progress as Mercury conjunct Saturn and sextiles busy Mars. Take responsibility and hold people accountable, but don’t waste energy on rancor. Trust that there are good people in the world, look for them and choose to work with them as Mars sextile Saturn. Tonight, as the Moon enters warm-hearted Leo sympathize, laugh together, and offer appreciation, because we all need it.
Mercury conjuncts Saturn 4:05 AM, Moon square Uranus 4:15 AM, Mercury sextile Mars 7:57 AM, Moon square Mars 9:55 AM, Moon enters Leo 12:37 PM, Mars sextiles Saturn 1:20 PM.
Thursday, December 7: A little flattery will encourage people to be more cooperative under this Leo Moon. Completing ongoing projects can feel like herding cats, when we get one going in the right direction, another wanders off. It’s important to follow up and manage loose ends; be entertained, but stay on target as Mercury semi-squares Jupiter and distracts us with a multiplicity of possibilities.
Moon trine Venus 1:01 AM, Moon square Jupiter 9:10 AM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 12:05 PM, Moon trine Sun 3:14 PM.
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by Heather Roan Robbins
We’re done with one holiday and barreling on to the next, all while the world churns. The beginning of December has the astrological potential to be pretty tumultuous, so let’s get on good terms with one another and get organized for the winter holidays as soon as possible. Mercury retrogrades from December 3- December 22. Even now, as Mercury runs through its shadow (the part of the zodiac it is about to back through), transportation and communication already takes more time and attention
But we can savor this community-oriented postprandial weekend first. The Moon is in friendly and collective Aquarius through Saturday where it encourages us to work in groups and have family dinners and football games. Bond in camaraderie but don’t expect anyone to get too close and personal. An ambient competitive edge can make televised sports interesting, but could bring a touchy note to family board games as Mars approaches an opposition to Uranus at the end of the week. It cranks up intensity whenever an argument or battle starts, at home or between countries. Remember the point of family activities is to create happy memories. We all win or no one wins.
Shared activities can build a mutual empathy that helps us handle deep conversation later on Saturday and Sunday as Mercury conjuncts serious Saturn. Because the Sun, Moon, and Venus are all now in stubborn fixed signs, we won’t change anybody’s view with a frontal assault, but we can open their minds by bearing witness to our side of the story, our personal truth.
On Sunday, the Moon enters sensitive Pisces and tenderize our hearts, and this can leave our feelings more easily hurt. Be careful of those last-minute comments to one another. It will further to get some time alone or with intimates to let the nerves and digestion settle. Regroup for the week ahead. Let people feel a little raw and delicate on Monday; don’t push them.
The Moon enters impatient, motivated Aries on Tuesday, which can help us crank up for a last work push before Mercury retrogrades, or can just make us cranky. Watch international hotspots. Discomfort can motivate us to get competent, but we’ll need to work judiciously around people who are quick to defend or attack. Let’s make those lists and check them twice, get prepared now but keep our plans flexible through the winter solstice.
Friday, November 24: This day after Thanksgiving is good for any group activity, family games football. Focus on building pleasant collective memories together. Though most conversation won’t get too personal, take advantage of any opening to discuss and heal some common memory as Mercury squares Chiron and semi-squares Jupiter. There’s a competitive edge that will leak into the on the game boards and in the dreaded black Friday shopping that can take all the fun out of it; there is no point in having a bad time because we’re competing to have a good time. The energy can wind up for good or ill this evening as Mercury moves into a trine with Uranus overnight.
Mercury square Chiron 7:53 AM, Moon square Jupiter 8:55 AM, Sun semi-square Pluto 10:36 AM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 7:45 PM.
Saturday, November 25: See life differently, break routine, laugh at something that brought tears a few days before as Mercury trines Uranus this morning We can see life differently, break routine, and laugh at something that made us cry only few days before as Mercury trines Uranus this morning. Don’t insist others change their mind, this is a personal process. Do consider unexpected possibilities or and find ways to laugh. Good changes are b possible through afternoon and evening if we take advantage of those opportunities.
Mercury trine Uranus 3:56 AM, Moon trine Mars 8:05 AM, Moon square Venus 11:11 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 3:34 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 4:32 PM, Moon sextile Saturn 7:36 PM.
Sunday, November 26: It’s time to take care our of our introverted needs or we’ll feel overextended and easily exhausted as the Moon enters perceptive, permeable Pisces. Take an opportunity to repair some distance amongst intimates this afternoon as affectionate Venus trines Chiron. Tonight, honor the need to become a puddle with no expectations or demands as the Moon conjuncts intuitive, escapist Neptune. Tonight, we really may need to puddle out with no expectations or demands as the Moon conjuncts Neptune.
Moon enters Pisces 1:03 AM, Moon square Sun 10:02 AM, Venus trine Chiron 2:21 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 8:51 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 11:06 PM.
Monday, November 27: Let’s pace ourselves, because while may be still feeling that soft and wandering Pisces Moon, it’s time to tackle a creative challenge with a fresh perspective; as Venus quincunx Uranus we notice what we need to change. The first pass of Mercury conjunct Saturn helps us focus the target of our work for the next six weeks, though we though the plans will need to be adjusted and finessed along the way. Look out for serious pronouncements and reactive decisions.
Venus quincunx Uranus 4:48 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 10:54 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 11:11 PM, Mercury conjunct Saturn 11:56 PM.
Tuesday, November 28: Feel the friction and choose to do the right thing anyway as the Moon squares Saturn and Mercury then enters Aries this morning. A little rocket fuel of disagreement can get us going, or can start a conflagration, so use it carefully. A desire to work independently can leave us unconsciously forgetting to communicate what we’re doing to beloveds and coworkers, and if this leaves them without the information they need to make decisions, they will be ticked off. Keep talking and honor people’s need for self-direction.
Moon trine Venus 2:41 AM, Moon square Saturn 4:55 AM, Moon square Mercury 5:08 AM, Moon enters Aries 9:30 AM, Moon trine Sun 10:21 PM.
Wednesday, November 29: Much has been set in motion in the last few days. We can now see where this momentum is heading, and either respond, make adjustments, or follow through.
Take personal responsibility for work and happiness. Own it. While this can be uncomfortable, personal responsibility gives us the reins and lets us steer what happens next.
Moon square Pluto 4:53 PM.
Thursday, November 30: Our macho side, our temper and passion, can either show its toxic side, or we can make an effort to heal that toxic edge in the culture as Mars quincunx Chiron. We have an allergy to passive-aggressive behavior, but can still find those places in ourselves where we either did not set clean boundaries or overshot the mark. As the waxing Moon trines Mercury and Saturn and then enters Taurus this afternoon, Find the balance point, the appropriate healthy, firm, but not ballistic, response between.
Mars quincunx Chiron 1:26 AM, Moon opposed Mars 4:12 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 5:16 AM, Moon trine Saturn 9:49 AM, Moon trine Mercury 11:37 AM, Moon enters Taurus 1:38 PM.
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by Sensei Erwin L. Rimban
The astrology natal chart is a very powerful way of understanding the nature and dynamics of multiple intelligences. Let us see how it explains very comprehensively the various intelligence models currently being presented by science, education and psychology.
Aries is a model of thermodynamic intelligence
It is the level where energy is trying to understand itself, its capabilities and potentialities and its ability to affect its environment. We must understand that the Aries energy pattern represents the lowest stage in the Involution of Energy-Matter-Spirit. Therefore, it is the stage of maximum ego. The energy pattern is totally egocentric and defines its narratives and environmental dynamics through the perspective of the self mostly. This means the lower self, or the ego. On the other side of the coin, this singular focus of the Magician archetype brings with it the singularity of determination that characterizes this soul phase. The avatar of thermodynamic intelligence has maximum access to the energy population set at its disposal. Thus, he is perfect for arenas where can demonstrate this thermodynamic access. In sports, we can clearly see the excellence of the Aries archetype. As well as other areas where the self, meaning the ego, competes in some way. This archetype thrives in competition.
Taurus is a model of biological intelligence
It is the level where the energy has learned to encase itself successfully in various case sheaths or vehicles of expression. This particular mode of existence has its advantages. The monad has an additional form of protection against the dangers of material universe existence. However, it may also come to exalt the vehicles of expression themselves and give them operational control of its narrative. This is the greatest danger of encasement. To counteract this existential dilemma, souls who are exploring the pleasures and varieties of the material realm are given a unique “gift.” This is of course, the “Wisdom Quest!” The memory of light. The evolutionary spiral. The graduation process. Much has been written about the soul-body dichotomy throughout the ages. The important thing to remember is that the soul and the body are not enemies, have never been enemies. But both must remember their “existential stations.” The soul is the avatar of levity; the body is the avatar of gravity. And their conversation defines “life” in the material universe. This conversation is, and has always been, a crucial learning paradigm in the maturation of a monad.
Gemini is a model of cognitive intelligence
This is the soul phase which is an information processor par excellence. This energy pattern assimilates, absorbs, processes, plays with, regurgitates and expresses all forms of information constructs. The speed of information processing is also a hallmark of this energy pattern. This is the reason why so many Gemini personalities are charming, witty, smart and intelligent. They absorb information at a prodigious rate. But since, most information will be in the translation format of the material universe, the Gemini personality is known to be very practical. He prioritizes those informational schemes that can promote his own egocentricity. Why? Because he has not learned to consider the true needs of his environmental variables. His focus still remains at an egocentric level, a legacy of the previous two phases. To travel is also to assimilate new information, so the Gemini personality loves to travel in many ways and tends to sample and explore new dimensions of experience every now and then. The absence of new information would be tantamount to death for this energy pattern. This energy phase can thus be understood as an avatar of local novelty, the type of novelty that titillates a personality, in contrast to Novelty, which is a civilization-changing parameter.
Cancer is a model of gestational intelligence
In this soul phase, the energy pattern learns to incubate all that it knows, to access realms beyond those of the conscious processing level, in order to give birth to something new later on. In the Cancer phase, we learn that growth can also occur in phases of sublimation. The energy of sublimation is a different order of processing. It occurs in dimensions of mystery in contrast to the previous stages where growth is palpable. In order for incubation to truly succeed, all of the necessary materials must be present, and in the right amounts and frequencies, and in the most appropriate contexts and environments. The Four of Swords in the Tarot is a fractal illustration of the power of incubation. It tells us the lesson that all elements must be present in a conglomeration, for self-organization to occur and give rise to new narratives and new energy patterns. Cancer is a stage of death, as well as a stage of growth.
Leo is a model of centrifugal intelligence
The energies and potentialities accumulated in the previous stages are transmuted, incubated and are born anew into a new form. This form has a self-organization and singularity potential that is different from the previous stages. Thus, Leo can be said to be the first truly emergent form after the Aries energy pattern. This also imparts to us the realization that the progression from Aries to Cancer is a series of permutations of the original creative inspiration that occurred with the birth of the Aries archetype. In the Leo phase, the soul has enough strength to begin to battle with the propensities of the vehicular expressions. This personality realizes how strong both of the existential modalities are. There are many ways to illustrate this fractal strength. One is to radiate it to its environment, and that is why the Leo archetype is creative, artistic and dramatic. He is well suited to those realms where he can radiate his powers, whether for good or ill. Another point to understand about the Leo phase is that it is the period where the soul is beginning to realize the necessity of attaining a successful. negotiation of the body-soul dichotomy. In the Tarot, this stage is aptly illustrated by the Strength card. But this archetype does not exist in a vacuum. Long before the soul either rises in virtue or regresses to depravity, the seeds are already sown in the insightful archetype of the Lovers. The Lovers archetype sets the stage for the critical decision point when the soul begins to acknowledge the need to “return Home.” The Lovers archetype therefore is a stimulus to the planting season that is represented by the Leo energy pattern.
Virgo is a model of isomorphic intelligence
The excellence of the previous stage is taken further and imposed not only on self but on the ability to manage the immediate necessities of life in the material universe. This phase also represents a culmination of the strengths of the previous stages. The thermodynamic intelligence of Aries is refined into a fire that creates rather than destroys. The biological intelligence of Taurus is refined even further into understanding the intricacies of habitats, environments and contexts. The cognitive intelligence of Gemini is refined into a penetrating ability to get into the heart of a concept, issue, modality, or occupation. The gestational intelligence of Cancer is refined into the ability to be consistently creative regardless of the vicissitudes in the life of the person. The centrifugal intelligence of Leo is refined into the ability to perform isomorphically at a high level, regardless of the plenitude or scarcity of environmental inputs and conditions. Isomorphic intelligence is the ability to perform consistently at a high level regardless of environmental conditions. There are certain personalities which can produce and perform only in the presence of the best conditions. The Virgo personality, on the other hand, thrives in almost all conditions. This level of endurance and consistency is the highest among the first six personality types. In addition, this energy pattern is known for its penchant for precision, exactitude and accuracy, which are gifts of its isomorphic intelligence.
Libra is a model of symmetrical intelligence
The appreciation of symmetry is at its highest in this energy pattern. Recalling the raw power of Aries thermodynamic intelligence, the Libra energy pattern attempts to balance this by emphasizing the symmetrical operations between two interacting pairs of abstractions, modalities, personalities or collectives. This appreciation flies into the realms of art, music, dance and similar right brain and holistic perspectives. The Libra personality, being appreciative of these themes, frequently applies them in his life. The charm, intelligence, culture and elegance of a Libra archetype, therefore, all proceed from this paradigm. This sign also governs the natural exchange that occurs between actual processes and tangible objects of perceived equivalent value. When one is exchanged for the other, it is assumed that both follow the principle of equivalence, thus giving rise to commerce. All areas where harmony is the paramount principle are governed by this energy pattern.
Scorpio is a model of alchemical intelligence
The power of transmutation and transformation reaches its greatest apex in this soul phase. Recalling the biological intelligence of the Taurus energy pattern, the Scorpio phase attempts to expand and deepen this experience by continuous awareness, management and alchemical transformations of its biological as well as non-biological resources. First, it is constantly aware of its biological and non-biological potentialities, both in its own self and in its interactions with its environment. Secondly, being hyper aware of this microcosm of potentiality, it recognizes the possibilities of power plays, tactics and strategies as ways of dynamically interacting with its environmental parameters. The extreme form of this personality therefore engages in power struggles of various kinds as a way to test its own existential fitness and as a vector to acquire and maintain additional resources. Whereas its opposite sign, Taurus, is concerned with biological survival mostly, the Scorpio phase goes beyond that to contemplate biological and non-biological survival. Probing into the mysteries of the universe, the Scorpio personality therefore has a predilection to explore esoteric and occult knowledge to further its survivalist agenda. The Scorpio personality is at once an adept, a warrior, a lover and a progenitor.
Sagittarius is a model of synthetic intelligence
This phase culminates the previous cognitive intelligence phase developed by the Gemini personality and takes it to the extreme. In the opposite sign of Gemini, the emphasis is on the assimilation of raw data of various kinds. Gemini can be a sampler of knowledge in this respect. There is an attempt at basic synthesis but it is limited to the appreciation and coordination of raw practical data. In the Sagittarius energy phase, the focus is on the integration, synthesis and evaluation of various kinds of data to give rise to models, hypothesis and theories which can explain these data sets comprehensively. The Sagittarius personality loves to integrate various kinds of data and also loves to theorize about possibilities and applications of those integrations. He is therefore the quintessential theorist, philosopher and mentor. Being extremely versatile, and combined with eloquence, this archetype also is the perfect mentor. Thus, while this personality is growing up, it is imperative that he explores various fields of knowledge to get a feel of each. He will most likely have aptitude in more than one area of knowledge. As he is growing up, he must learn to coordinate this knowledge set into an integrated whole. The Sagittarius personality is a disciple of interdisciplinary thought. When mature, he will synthesize his various learning paradigms into comprehensive theories and models which he can convey to the next generation in whatever format he deems is appropriate. Thus, he frequently is active in writing, lecturing, mentoring and related stuff. This archetypal phase is also a fractal of the Wisdom Quest itself. This is the soul phase where the Seeker begins to be awakened to various esoteric, spiritual and mystical streams of knowledge which give tantalizing hints of the Ocean beyond. Sagittarius is the Seeker personified.
Capricorn is a model of managerial intelligence
In this phase, the soul has accumulated many different experiences as he traveled through the various planes of existence, represented by the houses of the zodiac in archetypal form. Concomitant with this voyage is the assimilation and integration into its being of the various gifts obtained in these planes of experience. Capricorn is fortunate to learn from the past. And to imbibe the gifts of experience from previous eras. The courage of Aries. The common sense of Taurus. The sparkling wit of Gemini. The loving care of Cancer. The strength and talents of Leo. The consistency and accuracy of Virgo. The diplomatic flair of Libra. The depth of Scorpio. And the breadth of vision developed by Sagittarius, its previous phase. Capricorn now assembles these various weapons and creates an organizational masterpiece that is rooted in the planes of matter. He tries to elevate the manipulation of matter into an art form. He combines the left-brain power of science and the right-brain power of art to configure sociological frameworks that can withstand the forces of fate and time. He is trying to build a citadel. A citadel that will stand as an everlasting memorial to his determination, practicality, prudence, business acumen, organizational leadership skills and vision. As an administrator, this energy represents the peak of archetypal power management. Because he possesses the ability of Virgo to master detail, Libra’s penchant for symmetry, Scorpio’s singular will to penetrate into the heart of a situation, and the breadth of vision of Sagittarius. What differentiates it from the previous phase is that the Capricorn energy pattern is willing to spend energy and time on to his project building efforts. He knows, like Cancer, that in order for large social ventures to succeed, time itself must be coaxed, romanced and be used as a catalyst. Capricorn shares the gestational power of Cancer, but applies it to extremely large settings and ventures. He is the archetypal civilization builder.
Aquarius is a model of holographic intelligence
In this phase, the individual archetypal patterns begin to sense the presence and influence of non-material planes of existence. It begins as a series of stimulating gifts from the realm of serendipity. These gifts may come in random packages. The ability of the soul to sense the presence of serendipity and associated higher realms is proportional to the work he applies in making his mind and whole being a conduit to this creative process. Thus, the Aquarius energy phase is really the stage where the soul is becoming extremely proficient in “listening” to the input of other non-material realms of thought. Aquarius is especially adept in creating a balance between individual creativity and group participation. As an iconoclast, he is sensitive to ultra-advanced modes of thought but he has the common sense not to disturb group social processes just to promote his own individuality. Certainly this balance is prominent in the mature personalities of this sign. Otherwise, the extraordinary ability of Aquarius to sense and receive inspiration from the higher realms may become chaotic. This leads to the tendency of some of the personalities from this archetype to display eccentric behavior. It is either that these types have been denied the individual expression of their uniqueness and creativity or they are unable to express it due to personal stress of some kind. On the positive side, since this energy pattern has high holographic intelligence, the natives of this sign are very tolerant of other individuals, their eccentricities and peculiarities.
Pisces is a model of mystical intelligence
As the summation and culmination of the archetypal energies, the Pisces energy pattern can, in theory, access and utilize the gifts, strengths and potentialities of all the astrological family energies. In the same manner, he can express the negative qualities as well. This energy has a great potential for spiritual growth because he is tuned into higher spheres of existence. Whereas Aquarius is a vessel where the higher dimensions can pour their gifts, Pisces actually has experiences where he lives part of his existence in the pleasures of the higher dimensions. This zodiac sign therefore signifies the capacity of the soul to access larger and larger cycles of experience beyond the material universe itself. In practical terms, it is expressed in various ways. One is through the living harmonies of art, music and beauty. Another is through the ability to care for others, especially underprivileged classes of society. Another is the capacity to enjoy service even in habitats of seclusion, like monastic communities and hermitages. The Pisces energy pattern enjoys solitude because it allows the soul respite from the “noise” of the material plane. Finally, this soul phase has extreme predilection to enjoy the music of the spheres and the ethereal beauties of the higher planes of thought. Thus, he is most likely to enjoy a life of seclusion, meditation and loving service to all mankind. This is the archetypal avatar of mysticism.
About the author:
Sensei Erwin L. Rimban was born in the Philippine Islands. Since a young age he has been fascinated by both esoteric and exoteric systems of thought. He was educated at the University of the Philippines, where he graduated Cum Laude, and is currently finishing his master’s degree in Psychology. He has been a meditation and metaphysics teacher for over a decade. His research interests include Educational Management, Emotional Intelligence, Analytical Psychology, Educational Philosophy, Evolutionary Biology and Cognitive Neuroscience. His works are featured in the Journal of Metaphysics and Connected Consciousness, Australia’s Alternative Spirit, Treehouse Arts, The Mindful Word, Panegyria Journal, Fellowship and Fairydust Publications, The Minds Journal, and others. In his leisure time, he listens to classical music, plays chess, and watches MasterChef. He can be reached at his email: firstname.lastname@example.org and his blog: https://dreamingcastle.wordpre