Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets -- Uranus

© 2015 by Joyce Mason

Have you ever asked people who speak astrology to guess the main features of your chart, just from observing you, before you tell them the facts? This can be very revealing! For example, people usually think I have an emphasis of planets in Aquarius and Sag. They say I’m fiery, when Fire is actually my weakest element. What they’re sensing is my Sun square to Uranus and my overemphasized Jupiter. (Being overemphasis itself, a strong Jupiter is always obvious.) My Astro-guessers are usually shocked to find out that I’m a Triple Earth. The sense of fire comes from those Uranian lightning bolts, not to mention a strong Pluto—which, after all, has a close relationship to the Hot Place.

As we delve deeper into the PUNCs (Pluto, Uranus, Neptune and Chiron), you might experiment with this exercise. Ask don’t tell. See what your Astro-colleagues guess about your chart. It’ll tell you a lot about your planetary emphasis.

This illustration is meant to point out that the outer planets color our charts not a little but a lot. From my perspective with Pluto squaring ASC, Neptune squaring Moon and Uranus squaring Sun, I am channeling the outer planets in a grounded way through all that Earth. I always thank God/dess for it, because I would probably burn up without the substance of Virgo Sun, Cap Moon and Taurus Rising to hold me together.

If I had asked this question in my younger years when Plutonian high-drama and Neptunian illusions ruled my life—especially my love life—I have a hunch the guesses would have run more along the lines of Scorpio and Pisces. That’s another important point. No matter how PUNC we are, which planet is up to bat changes over time with the game of living.

Finally, I have to add that I think Uranus is a very pivotal planet because it’s really our connection to the cosmic. It’s what allows us to grok that we are part of the universe and the universe is part of us. When we understand our mission as Uranians, it’s easy to accept both the pluses and pain the other PUNCs sometimes carry with them. After all, we’re Ambassadors to Outer Space.

I hope these reposts help you carry on!

Explore and Navigate Your Uranus

Uranus is cosmic coffee—an awakener and jump-starter whose influence spans from the unexpected (and often unwelcome) to things we all crave like independence and freedom.

I chose the photo for this Uranus Thrival Kit because it reminds me of Michelangelo's painting in the Sistine Chapel, the Creation of Adam. The fresco illustrates the story in Genesis where God breathes life into the first man. [1].

The Pluto-Uranus Square

For the past three years, we have had the unique opportunity of experiencing two of the PUNCs in close relationship. In one of my articles, I joked that there are two ways of looking at U and P. They can spell UP or PU (it stinks).  One thing’s for sure, they herald shake-up on Planet Earth. The last time this pair tangoed was in the ‘60s, a conjunction in Virgo. This era was more than protest signs, flower children and mood rings. It changed the course of society forever as we questioned our previous assumptions and relationships to each other. There we began cleaning up and seeking a more holistic way of living on the planet. We might still be too close to the U-P Square to understand fully its greater meaning, but nearly everyone I know is going through transformation through unexpected upsets, like it or not. Rescrambling the pieces is a prerequisite to forming a new picture in the puzzle of living a fulfilled life.

One of my colleagues says her most important take-away from the last United Astrology Conference (UAC) was from a talk by Serbian astrologer Aleksandar Imsiragic. Aleks said that the seven exact hits of Uranus square Pluto, the first on June 24, correspond to realignment of our seven chakras. I deeply resonate to this idea, and it seems too important a concept not to share.

Update: Since writing this article in 2012, I took a workshop with Aleks and his wife Lea and learned that they do not associate the planets with the same chakras shown in the illustration of this article. They are very original thinkers, and their take on the chakras links in order is:

1.   Mars
2.   Venus
3.   Sun
4.   Moon
5.   Mercury
6.   Jupiter
7.   North Node/Saturn

Embrace Uranus-Pluto (25-Jun 25-12)
A poem for the times that starts:
Personal Power taut with Inspiration
Transforms every part of me the two touch …


 Photo Credit: © Nomad_Soul –

Monday, May 18, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets -- The Bridge to the Outers (Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto)

Because it orbits beyond Saturnian, I consider Chiron both the bridge to the outer planets and an outer planet itself. In the last post on Chiron, I re-presented most of the major articles on Chiron on this blog with an exception. There are two Chiron articles in the Outerplanetary (Extraordinary) People series of five articles. The OPP series has been one of my most popular sets of articles, printed and reprinted on paper and online in various places for over 20 years. While the set contains insights on all of the outers or PUNCs as I call them for Plutonian, Uranian, Neptunian and Chironic: The OPP articles have material on aspects of Chiron I haven’t shared in other places. So before we continue with the rest of the individual PUNCs, here’s an instant replay of the quintet “outers” articles. I hope you enjoy or re-enjoy them!

Living with the Outer Planets Prominent, Starting with Chiron. This is an update of a five-part series originally published in the 1990s in Mark Lerner's astrology magazine, Welcome to Planet Earth. The Outerplanetary People (OPP) series has been a timeless favorite shared even farther and wider on the Australian website, A Place in Space, before coming home to roost here on The Radical Virgo.

Uranians Spread Stolen Fire with Their Fingers. In Part 1, we explored the unique role of evolutionary pioneers—people who have the outer planets prominent. Of all the outer-to-inner planetary contacts that make  a person astrologically unusual, those to  Uranus often keep an individual the most committed to the process of inner growth and spreading their enlightenment outward to the world.  (If the end result were not freedom and heaven on earth—two of the choicest gifts of Uranus—why bother?)

Neptunian Survival Tricks and the Magic of Dis-Illusionment. If Outerplanetary People are groomed to lead others into a better future, we have to become masters of dis-illusionment, especially with ourselves. (What's so hot about illusions?) Before I can speak to the most positive potentials of the Otherworldly Planet, I really have to get my five least favorite negative Neptunian archetypes out of the way.

Outerplanetary (Extraordinary) People Part 4 of 5  (12-Nov-10)
Pluto: The Reason for Suffering and How to Put Passion to Work. Plutonians have a different mission—to be passionately attached, yet as willing to trust that God knows what s/he's doing when it's over, whatever it is—to trust that love, home, job, and family will come again, bigger and better than ever before, no matter how long it takes.  This, indeed, is a tall order from a tiny planet with the force of an atomic bomb and the same root word as plutonium.

(Extraordinary) People, Part 5 of 5  (23-Nov-10)
Chiron and Life’s Purpose—Spirited Living. The importance of Chiron to outerplanetary people can hardly be overstated. Chiron is the thread that weaves together the tapestry of the outer planets as a living aggregate in our charts. Chiron is the glue that makes outerplanetary people solid and capable of handling the strong energies that they are asked to bring down to Earth day by day—first for ourselves, then for others.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets – Chiron, Part 2

Piecing Together the Whole Picture

As promised, we’re completing our Radical Reposts on Chiron, which started in March in Part 1 and were divided by April’s Humor Month and humorous reposts. That split couldn’t be more symbolic, as we often heal our dualities and see them for what they really are while laughing. Here’s another major sampling of what’s on The Radical Virgo about Chiron. Since Chiron is my astrological specialty, The Radical Virgo is often considered “a Chiron blog.”

More on Chiron’s Meaning

Chiron and Chi  (08-Jun-11)
Chiron begins with the letters “chi,” the same ones that are pronounced “chee” in Oriental medicine. Chi is the vital life force regulated by acupuncture and healing practices like t'ai chi and qi gong, also written without a space, qigong. Read how Chi and Chiron relate to health and healing.

Guest post by Larry Williamson. Centaurus is one of two constellations said to represent the centaurs, mythical creatures with a human head and torso on top of a horse’s body. Centaurus was the name of the first centaur. The constellation Centaurus is primarily associated with Chiron, a wise, immortal being who was the King of the Centaurs. He was renowned for his healing skills and a wise teacher and mentor.

It’s the “ticker” on the bottom of the screen that gives you news bulletins on topics other than the program you’re watching. Chiron the planet does the same. It gives information from the bottom of your awareness—often your unawareness—of things that you need to know to complete your quest toward wholeness. It helps you get to the bottom of what issues need healing to move on.

Name Your Poison: Hydra in the Chiron Myth (26-Feb-15)
It was an arrow dipped with her poison blood that led to Chiron's incurable wound. Everything in a mythical story is symbolic, and I had a light bulb moment about Hydra's meaning that made me want to explore her further and share with you what I found.

Prayer to Chiron (01-Nov-13)
A poem written in honor of the 36th Anniversary of Chiron's Discovery – Nov. 1, 1977. (See (See discovery chart data.)

Renaming “The Wounded Healer”

Find out why “wounded healer” doesn’t tell the whole story about Chiron and discover some alternative catchphrases.

Spring Equinox Contest! Give Chiron a New Tagline (18-Mar-11)
The Chiron myth, the source of an estimated 75 percent of how we interpret Chiron, does show us a resolution to pain and suffering. First, mythical Chiron shows us to serve with joy in spite of it. Think of Michael J. Fox refusing to allow his Parkinson’s disease to rule his life, his great sense of humor, and how he’s helping inspire others while also supporting research for a cure. He’s a very Chironic character with Chiron in the 1st trine Neptune and Mercury, opposed Pluto.

There’s an expression that’s very Chironic: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Mythical Chiron did this by soldiering on and continuing to teach and mentor despite his lingering pain. This is what we all must do, because Earth is not a pain-free zone. Our spirits live and learn in a body; it's vulnerable.

I decided I wanted to add a Wordle to the PDF version of my upcoming book. This is a picture of the 50 keywords or phrases related to Chiron that I’ll be covering in depth.  I “loaded” the word list to have what I considered the four most important words pop out bigger. Lo and behold, that’s when I discovered a new tagline for Chiron that’s just an expansion of the old: Wounded Healer/ Wholeness Weaver. It seems so right; I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

Chiron Transits

Bear with me while I “toy” with you for a while. The stick horse has long been a traditional American toy, especially enjoyed when we were kids by those of us past our Chiron Returns. There’s the stick version and also the hobby horse or rocking horse. In honor of mythical Chiron’s lower horse half, I want to talk about how this archetype permeates our consciousness from the time we can barely walk.

In its 50-year orbit, Chiron changes signs from Aquarius to Pisces on April 20, 2010 where it will remain, except for a temporary retrograde back to Aquarius, until February 18, 2019. What news can we expect in Chiron’s realm of wounding, healing and wholeness? If you have Chiron in Pisces natally, during this period, you’ll experience a major midlife transit—your Chiron Return.

Chiron and Career/Vocation

Guest post by Aubrie DeClerck. In the Career Coaching profession, few of us talk about the deep pain that career and work can cause. There are how-to’s and prescriptions on LinkedIn every day, but not much conversation around the feelings of hopelessness that conflicts on the job, purposeless tasks, or layoffs can bring. 

In one-on-one sessions, clients speak more openly about this pain and it has become clear to me that it is a bigger barrier than ageism, gaps in work history or any other common concern.

The Chiron myth suggests that astrological Chiron has influence over many areas of life—and much more than a chosen profession. Chiron is that force inside you that hones a multitude of skills to prepare you to perform, for the rest of society, that special thing that only you can do. Your unique skills and style of delivery are needed in a certain time/space continuum. One aspect of Chiron insists that you do what you love or suffer an incurable longing for lack of doing it.

On Nov. 29, 2012, I presented my latest material on Chiron and Vocation to members and friends of San Francisco Astrological Society (SFAS). For a donation of $10 to SFAS, you can receive both an MP3 audio download of the presentation and a nine-page handout of the slides (four to a page). While it’s always ideal to hear a presentation live because it’s usually different and meatier each time as the material evolves, I am unlikely to travel in 2013. I wanted to give you this opportunity to access the presentation and donate to a great organization, especially if the chances are that you and your astrology group may never be able to hear me give it in person—or at least not for some time.

Chironic Experiences

An individual experience of Chiron’s influence often enlightens us most about this wounding-to-healing archetype.

Guest Post by Mads Elung-Jensen.  So many readers are approaching their Chiron Returns during the current transit of Chiron in Pisces. Mads gives a bigger-than-life example of how the Pisces modalities of music, dance, and the arts in general are healing power tools for those with this placement. His experiences illustrate not only how music heals but the powerful healing capacity of Chiron in the 6th house. With Chiron in Pisces in the sky until 2019, all of us, regardless of our Chiron sign, can take a note from Mads’ song and  ”Pisces up” our tool bag for the current times. Not exactly a tough prescription and pill to swallow—go out and dance, sing, make love, and make beautiful art!

Guest Post by Kerry Keegan. I “met” Kerry when she responded to my call for personal stories related to my Chiron Research. (See Research Update at the end.) I was so impressed with the dramatic way she has aced Chiron’s challenging, but ultimately healing course in her life, especially at her Chiron Return; I asked if she’d be willing to share her experiences with my readers. Lucky for us, she said yes!

Chiron Books by Joyce Mason and a Book Review

Each of these posts previews the contents of my eBooks on Chiron.

Sample section, Symbol, Cosmic Characteristics, and Cultural Connections: Chiron’s symbol or glyph is a skeleton key, the kind that opens all doors. Its astronomical characteristics suggest a whole-making function, and cultural changes around its discovery marked dramatic shifts in relations between men and women—and many other themes of balancing complementary energies.

As soon as Chiron entered Pisces on April 20, I noticed a trend. Astrology bloggers and their readers were waxing poetic. Posts or comments on Chiron in Pisces contained poems. As a poet, my brain shot into aha pyrotechnics! Within a week, I gave birth to a new e-book, Poems to Heal the Healer: The 12 Chiron Signs.

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new, full-length book in PDF format, Keywords to Unlock Chiron: 50 Passageways to Healing and Wholeness. In my previous post, Chiron: Wounded Healer, Wholeness Weaver, you got a preview--a collage of the 50 most important words or phrases that, together, weave the tapestry of Chiron’s meaning.

To my pleasant surprise, astrologer and writer Anne Whitaker—colleague, friend and periodic guest on this blog—sent me an unsolicited review of my latest Chiron book. Weaver - Mentor - Centaur - Stuck - Stringed Instruments - Healing Humor - Shame - Left and Right Brain - Abandonment - Evolution: just a few of the keywords Joyce Mason uses to unlock the doorway to deep, deep wisdom contained within the archetype of the mythical being known as Chiron: half man, half horse – best known in Western popular culture as the Wounded healer.


Photo Credit:  PUZZLE TOGETHER © Eric1513 |, Chiron-enhanced by Sara Fisk