Category: Science


The Quality of the New

I like the Fire, Earth, Air and Water designations. They’re easy to understand and they’re clearly defined.

I don’t like the qualities. They’re confusing and vague. So I renamed them. Instead of Cardinal, I use Hierarchical. Instead of Fixed, I use Planar. Instead of Mutable, I use Matrix.

Oh, yeah, that’s much less confusing and vague. So what the hell do those mean?

Back off, now, and I’ll break it down.

Imagine a tower, like maybe Stephen King’s Dark Tower.

Hierarchical and Planar signs are both at home in this tower. The hierarchical signs like the linear or pyramidal nature of it. They like things to be put in order and they like someone in charge at the top. They built the elevators and the stairs. Planar signs will ride or climb to their favorite level and stay there, like your cat that climbs to the top of your refrigerator to plot your death from above – like certain Leos, the Planar Fire sign. My wife’s a Leo and she has a great Cheshire Cat face.

Matrix signs don’t care what level they’re on, how to get, or even that they’re in a tower at all. They flit about – Level 12, West! Level 29, South!

BASEMENT!

Next: The New Combos

The Quality of the Qualities

Traditional astrologers name three sign qualities (triplicities): Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable, and four elements (quadriplicities): Fire, Air, Earth, Water. Why these? The simple answer is these two groups in permutation describe all twelve signs:

Cardinal Fire = Aries

Cardinal Earth = Capricorn

Cardinal Air = Libra

Cardinal Water = Cancer

Fixed Fire = Leo

Fixed Earth = Taurus

Fixed Air = Aquarius

Fixed Water = Scorpio

Mutable Fire = Sagittarius

Mutable Earth = Virgo

Mutable Air = Gemini

Mutable Water = Pisces

I bet you can easily see how just knowing this makes it easy to get a handle on any sign. What’s a Virgo like? The mutable (changeable) earth. What kind of earth (land) is mutable? Shifting sands, dust, dirt, mud, cooled lava rock perhaps. What’s a Virgo like? Hard to pin down (shifting sands), into cleanliness (dirt and mud), and picky as hell, down to earth but fickle. I should know. Having the Moon and Pluto in Virgo makes me at least as strong in Virgo as in Pisces.

What’s a Scorpio like? Fixed water: stagnant pools, ponds, lakes, etc. And aren’t they just? Tell a Scorpio a secret and they will drown it in one their deep ponds. Think of the scorpion, and other arachnids – like spiders and ticks, and other arthropods like centipedes and insects. The scorpion is just the representative of the form, but a Scorpio person may manifest the characteristics of any of these or similar creatures – night-dwelling, corner-loving types. The Pluto in Scorpio generation (born 1984 – 1996) exemplifies this with their maxed-out piercings, tattoos and even the occasional branding. And like most arthropods, these fierce-looking Scorpios are all soft and gooey on the inside.

Understanding these simple concepts will help you sound like a professional astrologer just by linking a few key words together.

Next: New Qualities

Virgo and Libra in Harmony

Generationally speaking, GenX (Pluto in Virgo) and GenY (Pluto in Libra) share some traits not found in their parents or grandparents (Pluto in Leo/Cancer).

Previously I riffed on the differences between Virgo and Leo. I might have been a touch harsh on the Me generation, but, hell, they deserve it. Fear not, vain lions, I will harsh on my own Virgo generation in a future post. And of course, as my Leo wife pointed out, Leos crave praise. So I will also write a post on how fabulous Leos are.

Virgo and Libra both crave modesty, though the approach it from different angles. Virgos, being Virgos, are naturally modest. Think not so much of the young girl, as of the untested initiate, cautiously dipping his foot in the waters of something much bigger than himself. This mentality describes both Virgoan modesty and Virgoan humility. Libras come more from a sense of fairness or justice – perhaps I’m splitting a fine hair between modesty (Virgo) and moderation (Libra).

Note the Scales of Balance and Terrible Swift Sword

See this and some other fine examples of everyone’s favorite Libra on Wikipedia.

Astrology is a coded language that can help us learn about ourselves.

Okay, that sounds like some New Age fairy gobbledegook, right? And inevitably, the question arises: Isn’t astrology just a pointlessly coded language? Doesn’t this just equate astrology with religion? Why talk in this code at all? Why not just speak frankly about whatever it is the code represents?

Astrology has three main purposes:

  • Psychology and Behavior
  • Character and Story Generation
  • Self-Reflection

What do all three of these points have in common? They’re really about learning. People are not rational, they are emotional. They are hard to teach. In order for someone to truly learn, they must buy what you’re teaching – we often use the phrase “buy into” to describe this. So really, learning is really just special type of selling, and people buy on emotion.

Astrology is a way to engage that emotion.

Another piece of the answer can be found in Dan Pink’s observations about autonomy, mastery and purpose, three elements critical to understanding yourself.

While astrology cannot predict events, when deployed as a psychological tool, it can predict behavior. Sort of like psychology with mascots.

Comments, questions, cookie recipies? More to come.

Copernicus’s discovery of the earth going around the sun blows astrology out of the water as a divination tool.

Below are three charts, all from today. The first shows Northern California, the second, Equatorial Guinea and the third, the North Pole.See how the first two are rotated versions of each other but the North Pole chart is a mess?

Northern California

Equatoria Guinea

North Pole

This is a graphic demonstration of how astrology as a divination tool stresses apparent motion. Of course, rational people know that the positions of the planets in reality is no different no matter where on the earth you are.

Astrology is useless for divination or fortune-telling or trend prediction. So what good is it?

The answer in Part 2.

See how the first two are rotated versions of each other but the North Pole chart is a mess?
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