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A friend who practices Jyotish worries that the October 25 Jupiter-Venus Initiation occurs on a Degree that Rudhyar suggests may be about Karma. Evidently the combination of Venus and Jupiter doesn’t bode well in Jyotish, even though both are benefics. The Degree, 16 Virgo, is about “Children at the zoo coming face to face with an Orangutan.” For his time, Rudhyar indeed practiced Spiritual astrology. But Rudhyar grew up in Europe before traditional Territorial Colonialism collapsed. While he advanced astrology and philosophy considerably in the US, he was still a product of his birthplace. His very adopted name, Rudhyar, honors the God Rudra, a celebration of humanity’s root uncivilized Wildness. So without the Colonial context, his interpretation of this Degree as a Regression is a bit surprising.
The Venus-Jupiter Cycle is about Walking in Beauty, a reinforcement of our 2012-15 Yintegrity Work and our June 2016 Revelation of Who We Really Are. And if our Walking in Beauty is to increase in Wildness then we can also see it as a corroboration of our Pholus-Ixion Work, our Taking Full Responsibility for the pros and cons -Both/And – of our Pathological Genius. We take it more seriously when several astrological indications corroborate one another. If Venus-Jupiter bodes ill in Jyotish, I’d assume that it bodes ill for the established Ego, as it will soon be Asked to move toward Authenticity. Like all the other Religions – in contrast to their Esoteric traditions – Hinduism as practiced was the cement that bound the Established Order in its place. Wild, like Authenticity and Genius, does not further Lawn Order.
It’s interesting that the Initiation occurs five Signs from asteroid Karma (“a.Karma”), suggesting strongly that one Intention of this Venus-Jupiter Cycle is to instill Perpetual Curiosity about the Relationship between Karma, Walking in Beauty, and our root uncivilized Wildness. Curiosity that does not seek Answers, but which welcomes Insight, though tentatively of course. Can we Walk in Beauty if we constantly deny our most basic Animal Instincts for the sake of our acculturation? Sounds like Self-Betrayal to me. I don’t see us fist-walking through the streets or sniffing one another’s butts in greeting instead of fist-bumping, but we could certainly be less contrived about Who We Really Are. Interesting too that while Orangutans are orange, Orang actually means “person” in the language of nearby Hupers.
Intriguing too that Venus-Jupiter and a.Karma-Uranus duplicate the Quincunx Box we wrote about in Breaking Patterns,
Venus-Jupiter occupies the space that the Balsamic Moon occupied in that Box, and Mercury-Juno has moved into the space occupied by the Sun. The other end of the box remains the ongoing Unx between Chiron and Uranus. a.Karma remains Conjunct Uranus, suggesting that we Let Go more vigorously of the vestiges of our misunderstanding of Karma as Retribution rather than Inertia. If we’re heavily invested in preserving our born Privilege, we’d certainly want to make any pretenders to our throne feel Guilty about their jealousy by convincing them that it is somehow, Shamefully, their fault that they live in destitution. The other Religions are no better; they’re designed to preserve the status quo. Many of us as children felt that Inertia, when our parents used Shame to preserve their Privilege at our expense, and used Shame to try to tame our Wildness and our Pathological Genius.
Mercury-Juno itself suggests intellectual Insight into the Edges of our Consciousness – more corroboration of Ego Growth. The Configuration as a whole suggests that Breaking Patterns will be another Intention of this Venus-Jupiter Cycle -Breaking our Patterns of Walking in Ugly. The Opposition between Mercury-Juno and a.Karma-Uranus is T-Squared by Pluto, implying that it’s not optional to Grow the Edges of our Consciousness by recognizing that it’s only Habit that keeps us from Levitating over the razor-wire to greater Authenticity.
Uranus Initiated a.Karma on 27 July (“A pugilist enters the ring“), just as Uranus was Stationary. Our friend inquired about these goings-on near the time when the a.Karma-Uranus Conjunction was in its Exposition phase, suggesting that they will probably better understand how their Established Egoic Order will be Challenged when they check their journal for the end of July, when the Can-Opener occurred.
Angles between planets often occur multiple times in succession, as one or the other of them goes Retrograde. The first occurrence of the Angle usually introduces some Challenge, so we refer to it as the “Can-Opener.” Subsequent occurrences are less of a surprise and usually develop more slowly. We call them the “Exposition” phase. The final occurrence is usually the “Confidence-Builder,” as we re-encounter the Challenge but now we’re prepared to ace it.