by Boots Hart, CAP

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Ixion Continued…the Station Playing Out

 Hurricane Katrina as photographed on August 28, 2005
by one of NASA's satellites
(photo credit: NASA-NOAA)

One of the hardest things to do as an astrologer is to write about something very emotional without sounding hard-hearted or unkind.

Believe me, learning to get the emotions out of the delineation is one of the hardest things in all astrology – as it must be in many things (medicine leaps to mind).

Ixion goes station-direct on Friday, August 31st, making August 29th and 30th its station period.

I’ve written a couple of times about how in time, we (the astrological ‘we’ et al) may have to think of this two-day station as more of a three day station. Even more likely, perhaps that astrological ‘we’ should start staring really closely at the data tables to see when celestial objects come to linger in given seconds of degrees.

What’s gotten my attention about this station – and as I write on August 29th, we’re just moving into the station to go direct – is the fact that New Orleans is being hit by Hurricane Isaac.

Hurricane Isaac is hitting New Orleans on the to-the-day seven year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, arguably one of the most disastrous storms to hit the US Gulf Coast in many a decade.

This is where I’m going to start sounding hard hearted. The basics about New Orleans is that it sits in the middle of a swamp. Founded by long-ago pirates who were looking for a place to hide, it became a city in part because of its position at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi River…and in part because people are just dogged enough to build things like levies.

 An elevation map for the central section of New Orleans

In the United States, New Orleans is something of the ‘test case supreme’ for the question of whether you should be “allowed” to rebuild in a flood zone, and if you do, who should pay for recurring damages.

It’s also a test case for love of a place against human sensibility. When does it just not make sense to live in a place which is going to be so problematic?

The astrological point here would be that Ixion represents all those things which in our lives come around time and time again, testing our ability to endure…maybe even survive our own repeated choices.

There’s a lot of this going around. I live in an apartment building where we have a guy known locally as ‘the den mother.’ If you have a problem, he’s willing to help. At least to listen. He’s a charming fellow. He’s also a hard-core, high functioning alcoholic.

Last year his son – a bright and shiny young adult – no sooner bought his first new car (a truck) than he sideswiped two parked cars, totaling them and his own brand new vehicle. Yes, he was drunk. This led to lawyers, court appearances, a couple of weeks of working in the city’s morgue (as a deterrent) and some severe family hassles.

I went to my neighbor and ask if having this apple of his eye, his son, go through this heinously trying (not to mention expensive) DUI process was enough to get dad to take on his own drinking.

The answer: “I don’t know…I’ll have to think about it.”

I knew right there the answer was ‘no.’

My neighbor is now in the hospital. Ixion is going station/direct at 17 Sagittarius, atop my neighbor’s Scheherazade – the emblem of ‘telling stories.’ It’s also in direct opposition to fixed star Rigel, and Rigel is at 16 Gemini for anyone born between 1940 and September 2011.

But even if your Rigel is at 15 Gemini (meaning you were born before 1940) or after September 2011 (which would put Rigel at 17 Gemini), Ixion’s station/direct is in opposition.

Rigel is the image of the teacher. So in opposition, Ixion asks have we yet learned?…as well as…do we realize that little choices count?

This last comes not just from Rigel, but from the fact that Ixion is going station-direct in conjunction with Pholus.

(If you missed the post on Pholus,
it can be found HERE.)

Now we hear that there has been some overtopping of levies in New Orleans. With Hurricane (now tropical storm) Isaac having "only" expanded to a category one hurricane, some will ask whether the Army Corp (or others) have ‘done their job’ or ‘chosen right’ in how they repaired levies. Some will ask whether those who thought ‘everything would be okay this time’ were right to shelter this storm in place.

Then we get back to the original question: how smart is it to have a major city sitting in the middle of a swamp?

One other item of rather giant note is happening this week here in the U.S: the Republican convention in Tampa.

I’ve long ago given up thinking that governments and corporations are going to consult with professional astrologers. For one, there are so many variables with elections and the planning of things like political conventions that its not a sensible thought.

So that being true, what we do instead is look at the astrological influences occurring at the time which is chosen and work with that.

I know, I’m sounding hard-hearted again. But I didn’t schedule the Republican convention for the moment when Ixion was going stationary-direct. That wasn’t me – I’m just observing.

And what I’m observing with is the Republican party’s chart. There seem to be two of them (as happens with such things). The first is for that moment when the term “Republican” seems to have been stickered on the party:

  Republican Party
March 20, 1854 - noon LMT +5:55 - Ripon, Wisconsin
(B rating)

The second is for the Republican Party’s 1st ‘official’ convention, an event which happened on July 6, 1854

 Republican Party - First Convention
July 6, 1854 - noon LMT +5:37 - Jackson MI
(B rating)

In the first chart, Ixion is going station-direct atop the party’s 16 Sagittarius Moon and its 17 Sagittarius Medea…and in opposition to the party’s 14 Gemini Rigel and its 16 Gemini Ixion.

This is Ixion opposition Ixion for the GOP. Positioned from the 12th to the 6th (with Ixion natal in 12 and transiting Ixion in the 6th) this highlights everything the Republicans are talking about…and everything they aren’t thinking about.

As it would – or should, if you’re really looking at this astrologically.

In the ‘First Convention’ chart, Ixion is most involved in opposing Sabine (boxed in, imprisoned) conjunct Edisona (new ideas) from the 3rd (transiting Ixion) to the natal First Convention 9th.

I’d be less than an astrologer if I didn’t point out this is a commentary on education, religion and use of media. Controlling the message would be the obvious cream off the top of this commentary, but it runs far, far deeper than that.

Then of course, there’s the man of the hour: Mitt Romney, for whom we have the following data…

 Mitt Romney
March 12, 1947 - 9:51 EST/+5 - Detroit, Michigan
(B rated)

In Governor Romney’s chart, Ixion goes direct in the 7th house of interactions with others. Fitting? Yes. And it’s going direct just past Romney’s Eros (passion), which being in Sagittarius is ruled by an intercepted Scorpio Jupiter-conjunct-Moon in the 6th.

The Moon is tenacious – emotionally imbedded, one might say – in Scorpio. Conjunct Jupiter, even the most cursory contemplation of Mitt Romney’s life and times leads us to a diverse list of subjects: his life at Bain Capital, his reticence to discuss money and his life as a Mormon, his wife’s battle with MS and his attitudes towards those who work-for-wages as opposed to working-for-wealth.

Love him or hate him, this interception in Romney’s chart tells us he has no experience of what it means to live paycheck-to-paycheck. Nor will he ever have that experience. I can see many passages and changes which will yet come out of this chart. First person financial struggle and poverty are not on the list.

(I’m sure he’s happy to hear that.)

The point here is this: whether he worked for his money or not, is Mitt Romney capable of understanding the situation and lives of others who may have a very different history? That one concepts asks us to consider Mitt Romney’s natal Ixion - which at 12 Libra, puts it right on the 5th house (my fun) side of his 13 Libra 6th house cusp.

That accounts for what so many see as glibness and the Romney ‘out-of-touch’ thing. And there is a quality of Ixion in 5 conjunct 6 which suggests that if Mitt and those in his 'group' are fine that he's going to have a hard time seeing beyond that.

Libra being ruled by Venus, and Venus being in Aquarius reinforces this ‘airy’ quality in Governor Romney. That his Venus is the most highly placed planet in his chart and conjunct his Part of Fortune and MC supports his claim that he wants to be of service. But with Tantalus/Icarus conjunct that MC, he both is and will be seen as someone quick to ‘throw others under the bus’ for his own ends.

Aquarius’ first ruler is Saturn. Romney’s Leo Saturn is in the third house of thought and communication and conjunct Eurydike/Atropos, which I would take to be the cost (Eurydike) of ending (Atropos) or cutting things off. Saturn in Leo being notorious for self-entitlement and the appearance thereof, we get both a descriptor of the ‘cutting off’ of communication (that which some call Romney’s ‘robotic’ quality) and his ability to be a cost (Eurydike) cutter (Atropos).

To see how this works, we look to the ruler of the 3rd house cusp (Saturn being in the 3rd house). That sign is Cancer, which points us back to Romney’s Moon. This tells us that this is not a man who is going to (or maybe even equipped to) deal with solutions which center on the conditions of the everyday working person. Put simply, Romney is a manager. But is that good or bad? There are probably arguments on both sides. Certainly his Aquarian 10th and heavily populated Pisces 11th house tells us he has strong feelings about the world, absolutely. It's also very faith-based. Mitt Romney sees life through a faith-based lens, most of all because he doesn't want to feel himself as part of the bigger picture.

Does that make him a good or bad candidate?

Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts

I happen to be one of those astrologers who thinks presidential elections are relatively easy to predict. My ‘take’ on same is that becoming President of the US (or being re-elected) is a red-letter day in anyone’s life. So you should be able to clearly see who is going to win any election by the transits to their chart and to the ‘ticket’s’ chart on the date of the election…and/or….by transits to said charts on Inauguration Day.

In the last election (2008) there were no clear transits on the date of the election. There were, however, clear differences on Inauguration Day. That President Obama’s chart favored the one (inauguration) and not the other (election) tells us that he was a man looking to do the job and not into the glory or fun of the election. (If it is fun – I have no idea, actually.)

Does this mean I’m going to tell you who will win this year?

No. Why spoil the fun?

But yes, I have looked.

Meanwhile, it’s worth thinking over that the GOP have nominated their man (Romney) at a moment when Ixion is going direct. Next week the Democrats will re-nominate President Obama as Venus moves into Leo. Showy? You bet. Will it be a party? One can guess so.

It could be fiddling while Rome burns, as the saying goes...though this week it would seem more like Rome might be drowning.

But probably the big lessons about Ixion – as a point to use in your own life – are to be drawn from the hurricane. As Ixion goes direct, the impetus which forces us to recognize whether we have learned our lesson about how life really works will come from outside us. With New Orleans and Isaac’s occurrence seven years after Katrina we are reminded of Saturn, as 7 years is a quarter-of-a-Saturn cycle.

It’s the challenge point. So it’s astrologically apt that in this moment, as Ixion goes direct, the ‘solidity’ of the choice and the ‘solid structures’ which remain or which have been built in the wake of Katrina are being tested. Some will stand, some will be found wanting, as will the choices of many who live in the New Orleans area and beyond.

Ixion went retrograde back on March 18th. So we’ve had a couple of months to self-question, and many of us have done well.

Others have simply denied culpability, rationalized their decisions, justified the choices and otherwise, not lived up to what they know is true, just and right.

So it’s a moment in time. Now…and going forward…we get to find out where we’re just kidding ourselves, if we're kidding ourselves, and what the cost of kidding ourselves really is.

I think of my nation, it's people, the folks in New Orleans, my neighbor...and countless others.

Will we get the cost of kidding ourselves? Will we even get the chance to outlive whatever it is...our immaturity, our stubbornness, our arrogant, desperate desires to have things be as we've been told lest we have to be disappointed in that person...or in ourselves for believing them...

Oh, how we do cling to wanting to get our own way.

Does life listen? Seldom.

And that's what the myth of Ixion is about. We get little warnings and lesser reminders. We hear the 'should's' and ignore them.

Then comes the storm and all getting washed away precisely because we got gotten carried away with some airy some internally isolated belief.

For more information on this Ixion station, please
read the prior post. If you're looking for information on
Ixion as an astrological point, there's a feature length
article posted HERE on astroPPM - or you can
find it in the sidebar. 

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! Such detail..very impressive. Will certainly be back.