Exhumator Esoterics

Encyclopedia of Spiritual — Letter A - ASTROLOGY - Signs and Planets, Houses and Elements

Exhumator Esoterics
Exhumator Esoterics

The fifth house is Leo, the Lion, king of the jungle, ruled by the Sun god, Apollo in Greek myth, though since there is no planet with this title in our solar system, he is another unrecognized mythic presence in astrology. As children of Apollo, discus thrower, Leos are typically very athletic, active, ambitious, and driven. This sector rules over children and childhood, as if to eternalize the era when we all played in the sun with a carefree, fun-loving attitude. The famous sunny personality of the Leo will be the result. As their regal connections hint, Leo can believe he or she is, or should be, the center of attention.

The sixth house is Virgo, the Virgin, demure and shy, yet feeling the need to be of some real service to others. The sixth house rules over this concept of service, the actual workplace, and also health, making nursing and healthcare professionals among its classic exponents. Virgos' classic defining characteristic is their busybody nature and attention to tiny details, making them efficient and organized, but often considered picky by others.

The seventh house is occupied by Libra, the Scales of Justice. This is the domain of relationships of all sorts, friendship, love, and also enemies. Libra is refined, and fascinated by the works of civilization, especially its art forms and the elegance of language. The sign's air nature will lend the native a tendency to want to keep it light. Ruled by Venus, goddess of beauty, the Libran will have a highly developed aesthetic sensibility, sometimes tending toward vanity.

But here is another missing presence, as the image of the scales carries a totally different deity, Athena, goddess of justice. The keen Athenian interests in political affairs and dedication to fairness and justice are often overlooked. Many Librans are lawyers or judges, as the scales of justice represent their domain. The constellation of Scorpio, the Scorpion, is next. Its eighth house placement correlates it to issues of life, death, and rebirth, as this is the season of the death of the plant life. As such it is ruled by Pluto, god of death. Scorpio natives are the most intense of all the signs. They can fly into a rage and are known by their scorpion's sting of cutting words and uncensored truthtelling. Yet they bear the profound wisdom of the crone goddess of the underworld, Hecate. Before Pluto was discovered in 1930, astrology assigned rulership of this sign to Ares, based on the concept of the war god's forceful personality and ruthless nature.

The Scorpionic heaviness gives way to the soaring ambitions of Sagittarius, the Centaur, occupying the ninth house. This sector rules over matters relating to philosophy, religion, law, writing, publishing, and travel to faraway places. The Sagittarius is the great wanderer and adventurer. Ruled by Jupiter, the native expresses the buoyant optimism, jovial nature, and commanding presence of this grandest of the planets. Sagittarius' inquisitive nature and eternal search for truth will lead them to explore many interests, but their pronounced impatience and lack of discipline will make starting things very easy, but finishing anything a life-long quest. Capricorn, the Goat, resides in the 10th house, the realm associated with career, ambition, society, and authority of all kinds. The Capricorn native is serious and dedicated to duty and service toward society. The concept of the work ethic could have been designed with the Capricorn in mind; noses always to the grindstone, they do not always know how to loosen up and enjoy life. Work and duty keep them insulated and in control, protecting them from having to feel. This type can be plagued by a sense of unworthiness, as they continually seek approval from others. The sign is traditionally ruled by Saturn, who represents the boundaries and restrictions, and the very principle of discipline that Jupiter seeks to escape. Capricorn's children are the functionaries and protectors of the social order. Again a different deity is hidden when the particulars of the zodiacal image are added: it is a hybrid goat and fish symbol, and named for the cornucopia, the horn of plenty. Capricorn natives might be glad to find out that this complex of mythic references points to a much more fun-loving god than Saturn, namely Pan, the woodland goat god. Pan rules over the whole pastoral lifestyle, which included herding, hunting, and fishing; hence the fusion of goat and fish. Saturn's ancient connection to agriculture adds yet another dimension of complexity to the sign of Capricorn. It is the great father of the zodiac, working hard to provide nourishment and serving as the authority figure for all his children.