As mentioned yesterday on Planet Waves, there is a configuration of tense aspects between the Sun and several powerful, slow-moving outer planets. Pholus is involved, intensifying the sensation that the Obama administration’s drive to bomb Syria could spin out of control, while Ixion seems to represent the lack of ethics in the whole proposed bombing campaign. (As always, watch your personal life for situations with these themes.) One potential saving grace is that the Sun is involved: we are conscious of all of this, which means we can choose to work with it constructively.Let’s step back and see where all these planetary players are. The Sun is in late-mid Virgo. Square the Sun in Gemini is the minor planet Chaos (Chaos is a Trans-Neptunian object, or TNO, meaning that its orbit crosses Neptune’s orbit). Opposite Chaos and square the Sun in Sagittarius are centaur planets Pholus and Ixion. (There are a few other similar points not far away, but these four are in a tight, exact configuration.)
Chaos, across the way in Gemini, seems to speak to the dual forms of perceived chaos hanging in the balance of our decisions in these days. There’s the chaos of doing nothing and watching brutality unfold (or the seeming political chaos in the U.S. as left and right rally against this new war) and the chaos of launching an attack that we know full well could easily grow into something far beyond our fears.
Pholus and Ixion, as Eric noted yesterday, are minor planets closer to Pluto in their strength — though we are only just now getting acquainted with them astrologically speaking. Being centaurs, they speak to how our humanity and our ‘lower’ or darker halves tread an often-uneasy balance with each other.
In particular, Pholus and Ixion ask us to consider the ways in which our actions can reach much further than we anticipate — influencing future generations and groups of people we have never met. Often they show up in charts representing the shadow material, baggage and patterns we’ve inherited from ancestors.
When we deal with Pholus and Ixion directly, they call ‘bullshit’ on our tendencies to tell ourselves that we can ‘get away with it’, or that ‘it will only be a little’ or that ‘it will turn out differently this time’.
It works this way on the most internal, personal levels and also the largest collective, cultural or political scales. Consider this, from a recent commentary on Spiegal Online International:
“In the coming days the United States and other countries will make a decision on the use of military force against Syria. The consequences of this decision will affect not only the Assad regime loyalists but also the foot soldiers manning bunkers, barracks, and installations across the country. For the vast majority of Syria’s conscripted soldiers, military service amounts to a brutal prison sentence of unknown length now that the war has extended service periods indefinitely. … many are draftees with no ideological sympathy for the regime and are merely following orders to survive.”
Our consciousness, represented by the Sun in Virgo, is grappling with these tensions in a rather unstable configuration: a T-square. It’s kind of like a three-legged table, just waiting for something to come along and fill in the missing leg.
Pisces is the open sign. It could be that without any major planets applying to the T-square, it’s up to us to supply the imagination, the intuition and the creative ability to hold space for duality — allowing a third option to emerge.