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Humanistic Astrology - Dane Rudhyar
Abstract meaning Concrete and Traditional Meaning Part of Body Ruled
The unconscious, individual and collective
Sharp, often violent repolarization as
alternative to wholesale disintegration
Threshold phenomena
In a higher sense: compassion and wholeness
Impressionabiity and openness
Mysticism and psychism
devotion and fanaticsim
The feet and lymphatic system
New Age Astrology - Alan Oken
I Seek My Self and I Don't Seek My Self
positive natural tendency misuse or exaggeration of trait
unselfish in all matters
vast imagination
creative and innovative
universal in scope of expression
strong spiritual aspirations
seeks to control through giving
hallucinatory and paranoiac
potentially locked within
poor sense of individuality
a sensualist in all things
Traditional - Llewellyn George
Physical Characteristics Mental Tendencies
Middle to short stature with short limbs
inclining to corpulence, esp in later years
full or fleshy face, pale complexion
tendency to double chin
full eyes, wide mouth
plentiful hair, brown to black
small hands and feet
Quick in understanding, inspirational
versatile, easy-going, good-natured
uncertain, changeful, psychically receptive
emotional and fond of music
passionate, affectionate, charitable
secretive or mysterious, sometimes reserved
Traditional - Manly P. Hall
Emotional Key Words Mental Key Words
the emotions are inhibited
native is sensitive and impressionable
psychic, devoted, melancholy
lacks ability to resist environment
secretive, misunderstood
abstract, intuitive, compassionate
introspective, quick in understanding
executive, philosophical
religious, clairvoyant
versatile, synthetical, loquacious
impractical, procrastinating, lack confidence


 

Turning Pisces Glyph

According to the A to Z Horoscope Maker and Delineator by Llewellyn George, in Pisces the Sun gives a kind and loving nature which is honest and confiding, making them amiable, sympathetic and especially kind to dumb animals, or people, in distress. They love order and completeness, though, so you will find them often to be very neat and particular. Pisceans tend to be modest, perhaps because they are usually very timid and lacking in self-confidence. As a rule they are industrious people who act in a methodical manner, very logical in their conclusions. You will find them to be imaginitive and very idealistic, often quite inspirational, and often gifted with a mediumistic faculty. Thus they are usually fond of secret, occult or psychic investigation.

Similarly, those with Pisces rising at birth have a courteous and affable disposition, given to hospitality, with a kind, loving, trustful and sympathetic nature. They are receptive and quiet individuals, highly imaginative people who are idealistic and impressionable, but tending to be emotional. Because they themselves are apt in detail and orderly in manner, they can be quick to observe deficiencies in others, in fact, lack of completeness in anything! But they tend to have low self-esteem and lacking self-confidence, making them modest and timid, hesitant about putting themselves forward. At times they are inclined to be overanxious, easily becoming disheartened, appearing to be indecisive and generally lacking in life and energy. But they are capable of developing a fine psychometric, telepathic and intuitive faculty, and when they do so, they become highly inspirational and mediumistic. They love music, scenery and animals. They usually succeed in occupations that require industry, discretion, and most of all the power to make the best of circumstances, and you can find them in any employment that brings some kind of change or where attention to details and completeness is necessary.

This section of Pisces is still under construction.

 

Friendly Gemini helps us interact with one another, although not intimately so, and without any real sense of deep connection to one another. Smiles, handshakes, and even witty remarks abound as everyone's talking up a storm. Unkowingly, Gemini sets the stage for Cancer to emerge, by demonstrating how much fun it can be to intermingle with those we find interesting - the concept of informal sociability is thus born in Gemini. But what is done innocently in Gemini turns into one of the most powerful forces ever to take hold of humankind in Cancer - raw, gut emotion. This is something beyond mere instinct, and almost scary to behold, yet it is a very compelling power that seemingly came from deep within. Cancer is the first sign to put us in contact with our soul, which is a different entity than the fiery spark of spirit that Aries embodies. This is not to say that Cancer may be all too clear about what "soul" means, but they sense that something potent inside itself moves it to want to protect all in life that is vulnerable and in need of shelter making Cancer the first sign to poignantly feel both love and sadness for the human condition. Cancer's biggest worry is that the often indifferent outer world, which cannot easily fulfill our inner needs, doesn't even have a notion of who we really are deep down inside.

As a cardinal water sign, Cancer is very active and sometimes pushy in the expression of its feelings. In the same way cardinal Aries cannnot easily turn off its dynamic, fiery energy, Cancer has difficulty shutting off its emotional faucet. The water always seems to be running forcefully because this is a highly reactive sign, driven by its surging feelings. The Crab was born with an amazing sensitivity that allows it to absorb what's going on inside others, even the stuff that's kept hidden from surface exposure, a trait it shares with both the other water signs, Scorpio and Pisces. Cancers are always alert to the unspoken feelings of others, somehow thinking they are obligated to offer their sympathetic support to those in need. People's neediness arouse its maternal instincts, making them feel compelled to mother people - once it picks up on their distress signals - and thus intrude on their emotional space. Yet the Crab sees itself more as being timid and shy, although this can hardly be so with such assertive energy as cardinal.

Actually, how Cancer responds to its surroundings is as varied as the phases of the Moon, its planetary agent. Some see such changeability of temperament as moodiness, although the Crab would maintain that he/she is only reflecting the invisible currents in the psychological atmosphere of the moment. In fact, Cancer readily sponges up the environment and often without using protective filters. It's only after the Crab has taken in too much "negative" emotional discharge from others that it learns to build a hard shell to ward off further invasion. Sadly, along with such armor comes a crusty, crabby disposition that belies Cancer's softer, gentler side. Sometimes these mood swings are how Cancer deals best with its own feelings in flux - its own internal high and low tides. Nonetheless, the Crab is the first sign to introduce a warmer kind of caring that goes deeper than the comforting energy of Taurus. Cancer envelops others in its protective aura as it tends to their needs, although it attaches itself in ways that feel suffocating at times, unable to be objective enough to realize how oppressive this can be to others.

In Archetypes of the Zodiac, Kathleen Burt tells us that Cancer, the Cosmic Womb, is the first Water sign, and this connection between Cancer and water is very important. The glyph for Cancer is the male and female seeds, and the archetype of Cancer that of the Cosmic Womb in which the seeds of creativity grow and burst forth in diverse ways - biological, artistic or intuitive creativity, imaginative creativity, even business creativity. There is also mystical creativity, giving birth to the Divine Child within, the Magna Mater being the most ancient personal manifestation of divinity found around the world. This archetypal connection between water and creativity appears in many creation myths. In the Bible story of creation, "The land separated from the water and the firmament from the earth." In another there was a Goddess named Padma (Lotus) who sat in a stream (water) while the Earth sprang from her navel. In Sumeria, the Goddess Inanna gave birth to the world, or the Earth hatched from the yolk of a cosmic egg.

Equally important as the connection with water is Cancer's connection to the symbolism of the Moon. In the myths of Kali, the Great Goddess in India, it is through her cosmic womb that life is given its form, and the Moon has been called in both India and the West as the Giver of Form. The Moon itself can be observed to pass through so many shape changes - the Full Moon, the quarterly moons and the dark or New Moon - that the ancients connected it with the birth and death of form, planting their crops according to its phases. The many moods of the Moon were also observed in connection with the 28-day transiting Moon, the physiological changes in women's bodies associated with the lunar orbit and the emotional moods connected with that cycle. The Moon was a bestower of the gifts of feeling, of intuition and of nurturing instincts which men did not seem to possess, and so the goddess and her priestessess were deemed capable of mysterious insights and intuitions, such as the power of trance mediumship.

The Moon, representing feelings and emotions, is an instinctual, intuitive, nurturing planet, but also a planet that fosters emotional attachment to the form she provides. In Taurus, the sign of the Moon's exaltation, this appears as attachment to emotional and financial security. The Crab, the creature that tenaciously hangs on with its claws, is an appropriate symbol for Cancer attachment, which can have its light side, as the Gentle Mother Kwan Yin, of Chinese Mythology, or its dark side like India's Kali Ma, or the Greek Medusa. The connection with attachments goes beyond attachment to form, for it also represents our unconscious habits, because of the traditional connection of the Moon and habit. In strong contrast to Hermes, ruler of Gemini, where the mind is consciously active, the archetype of Cancer works on a psychic, instinctual and deeply unconscious feeling level.

Yet the association of the Crab with the sign of Cancer was a later occurrence, perhaps during the Hellenistic Era which followed the death of Alexander the Great, when there was Sacred Scarab of Egypta merging of all the ancient Mediterranean cultures. Among the ancient Egyptians, Cancer was the scarab beetle, a sacred totem referring to the soul. For the Egyptians, who understood their months in terms of the evening rising of signs, Cancer was a symbol of the winter solstice, not the summer. As the scarab pushes its ball of dung up the slopes of sandhills and allows it to roll back down again, so the sun reaches the apex of its southerly motion at the winter solstice, and begins to "roll" back again toward summer. The Greeks initially represented Cancer by a turtle or tortoise. Tortoises, like crabs, have hard shells and very soft interiors, and like crabs, they crawl into their shells when they are frightened, and move at a slow but constant pace. The Greeks also linked the tortoise because of its association with the child Hermes who used the tortoise shell to fashion the first lyre which he gave to Apollo; Mercury ruled Cancer in the pantheon of the twelve Olympians. Even later, when Cancer became associated with the crab and with the moon, it was still associated with trade, business, and the rising and falling of the tides which made maritime travel possible, which is why the Roman poet astrologer Manilius described Cancerians as "cold-hearted and penurious merchants, greedy for money".

Perhaps the truest meaning of Cancer can best be understood by its position in the seasonal year, for it marks the summer solstice when the longest day of the year (and of course, the shortest night) occurs. It may seem strange that we should attribute the Moon, symbol of the Great Goddess and the eternal feminine, to this moment when the solar force is at its greatest, but it is precisely at that point that the sun is turning back, beginning its progress into the world of the Nightforce or collective humanity, the yin or feminine component of consciousness and civilization. In archaic times (and particularly during the Age of Cancer c. 8,000 to 6,000 BCE, the time which many sholars identify as the era of Goddess worship), the summer solstice was the day upon which the sun god - or his earthly representative - was ritually slain and sacrificed to the Great Mother. In these ancient rituals the sun god was often the consort of the Divine Mother, and the priest who played the god's role ritually coupled with the priestess or Divine Mother before his symoblic death. The fact that the Sun is at its moment of greatest power in the sign which itself is ruled by the Moon unites the symbols of Sun and Moon, masculine and feminine, in one archetype. In this way was can think of Cancer as the sign of the "mystic marriage", the union of alchemical opposites. This may explain why males feel both an attraction to and fear of merging with the feminine, for at the point of merger, the ego or masculine component of consciousness loses its control, is "swallowed up", and, symbolically speaking, dies in order that consciousness (yang) and unconsciousness (yin) can be united. No wonder, then, that Cancerian people are said to be psychic, for they are particularly open to the influx of vast universal forces which channel themselves in to the confines of one's individual consciousness.


p> The section on Pisces is still under construction.

Source:Microsoft Clip-Art The Age of Pisces (c. 1 AD to about 2150 AD) began just as The Pax Romana, or Roman Peace, a Latin term referring to the Roman Empire in its glorified prime, was just beginning, a fitting end to the Age of Aries, the warrior. From the end of the Republican civil wars, beginning with the accession of Augustus in 27 BC, this era in Roman history lasted until 180 AD and the death of Marcus Aurelius. Though the use of the word 'Peace' may be a bit misleading, this period refers mainly to the great Romanization of the western world. The Roman legal system which forms the basis of many western court systems today brought law and order to the provinces. The Legions patrolled the borders with success, and though there were still many foreign wars, the internal empire was free from major invasion, piracy or social disorder on any grand scale. The empire, wracked with civil war for the last century of the Republic, and for years following the Pax Romana, was largely free of large scale power disputes. Only the year 69 AD, the so-called 'Year of the Four Emperors', following the fall of Nero and the Julio-Claudian line, interrupted nearly 200 years of civil order. Even this was only a minor hiccup in comparison to other eras. The arts and architecture flourished as well, along with commerce and the economy.


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The waters of space obscure this constellation even more than Aquarius, but forturnately for the observer, Pisces has a very disctinct shape, which along with its more prominent neighbors, makes its identifaction somewhat easier. It is one of the faintest of the twelve zodiacal asterisms, but it is one of the longest, measuring about 41 degrees of celestial longitude. It is composed of the northern and southern fish, joined together by a rope attached to each of their tails. the smaller of the two, the northern fish, swims toward the constellation of Andromeda. The larger southern fish swims under the great square of Pegasus, the flying horse, pointing its nose in the direction of Aquarius.

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The large "vee" of stars that occupies most of the center of the picture is the central region of Pisces, the Fishes, most of it representing the cord that ties the two together. Alrescha is down at the point of the "vee." The famed Circlet of Pisces, which represents the western of the two fish, is up and to the right off the picture (continuing from Delta, which is near the upper right corner). The eastern fish is up and to the left toward Andromeda. The bright body is Jupiter, which passed through the constellation in 1999. The brighter of the two stars at upper left are in Aries.
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The large "vee" of stars that occupies most of the center of the picture is the central region of Pisces, the Fishes, most of it representing the cord that ties the two together. The famed Circlet of Pisces, which represents the western of the two fish, is up and to the right off the picture. The eastern fish is up and to the left toward Andromeda. Western Aries, is at upper right, above and to the left of Jupiter, which passed through the constellation in 1999. Pisces has a star with an orbiting planet.
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The most famed part of Pisces (the Fishes), the "Circlet," which represents the head of the western fish, lies in the center of the photograph. The brightest star of the circlet, the brighter star toward upper right, is Gamma Piscium. The prominent star farther up, near the upper right hand corner, is Fum al Samakah, Beta Psc. Directly down and to the left of Gamma is one of the more famed stars of the constellation, the reddish carbon star 19 (TX) Piscium. The constellation continues to the left toward central Pisces and the "vee" that makes the ribbon that joins the fish together. The Vernal Equinox, the point in the sky where the Sun crosses the celestial equator on or about March 20 (marking the beginning of northern hemisphere spring), is down and to the left of the Circlet
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The most famed part of Pisces (the Fishes), the "Circlet," which represents the head of the western fish, lies in the center of the photograph. The constellation continues to the left toward Delta Piscium in central Pisces. The Vernal Equinox, the point in the sky where the Sun crosses the celestial equator on or about March 20 (marking the beginning of northern hemisphere spring), is down and to the left of the Circlet
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Although Pisces is an ancient constellation, it's quite faint. You'll need perfect nights to best study the constellation. The one Messier object (M74, a spiral galaxy) is much too faint for binoculars. The variable TX Psc is perhaps the most interesting object here.
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Pisces the Two Fishes, from Bayer's Uranometria of 1603.

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