Monday, March 30, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets – Chiron, Part 1

 Centaurs bridge and palace in Pavlovsk Park
St. Petersburg, Russia

In this year of reposts by topic on The Radical Virgo, we have started with blog articles on the planets. In order of distance from the Sun, our next set of planetary reposts are on Chiron. Because Chiron is my astrological specialty, there is a large volume of material here on Chiron.

Healing, Chiron’s turf, can be a bit overwhelming as a topic in large doses. So, I’ve made the decision to split the Chiron posts into two segments—this starter set now with the rest to follow in May. Chiron himself was a dual, bifurcated being—half human and half horse. Splitting in two anything to do with Chiron seems par for the half-horse!

But what I’m splitting it with makes even more sense—Humor Month during April. Much of our humor derives from pain and putting our lives in a new perspective, a key Chironic concept.

Enjoy this Chiron opener, the humor in-between, with more Chiron to come in May.


Don’t let its small size and unusual nature as part-comet, part-planetoid or asteroid fool you. Chiron is the missing key to interpreting your astrology chart. It opens the door to personal and planetary evolution.

Just joining our fishing expedition? See May Planetary Fishing Expedition for background. Like all planets, the centaur Chiron offers you a mixed bag of challenges and blessings. Your Chiron can point to where you have lingering pain, whether it’s physical, emotional or both. It can be your stumbling block or a hurdle you can’t get over for having denied or disowned certain parts of yourself. Chiron’s greatest gift lies within this discomfort or stuck state—and in your willingness to work through it. In that process, you’ll often discover the key to personal integration and wholeness.

For a fuller introduction, including Chiron in the signs and houses, Chiron and Wholeness: A Primer is available in PDF in the Radical Virgo Store and in Kindle and Nook versions. All are $7.95. Read more about its contents here.

Learn More from Chiron’s Keywords

Chiron teaches us that nurturing is of the utmost importance, and that the forest is sacred.

Puns or plays on words: Some people consider them the lowest form of humor—others, the highest. The mere fact that people react to puns from one extreme to the other suggests they're Chironic ...

Chiron of mythology was a half-breed—half-human, half-horse. His top half represents our divine nature in human form, his bottom half our baser instincts. Many scenes in Chiron's story contrast his gentle nature as a mentor of heroes to the wild centaurs that ran around raping and pillaging the Greek countryside. Those two types of centaurs represent the extremes of character in our human adventure.

Why was Chiron half horse rather than half goat, ram, llama or turtle? Here's one possible answer from a rich site on symbolism, The Horse Archetype in Poetry and Anthroposophy.

Like learning about Chiron through Keywords? The ultimate experience is Keywords to Unlock Chiron: 50 Passageways to Healing and Wholeness, available in the Radical Virgo Store in PDF format for $9.99. I consider it my consummate book on Chiron. More about what’s inside

The Quizzes – How Chironic Are You?

How many indicators in your natal chart suggest that Chiron may be an important archetype to you? A planet to pay attention to? Don’t be dismayed if your score is low. Not every archetype is important for everyone, and what actually matters more is the next quiz—how much you resonate to Chiron. It’s similar to the rumor that we only use 10% of our brains. (I’ll bet that varies a lot.) Even if you only have a small “dose” of Chiron, if you are “seized by the archetype,” as Joseph Campbell says, you may make more out of it than a person with a high score who just can’t seem to get into it. After all, Chiron involves pain for gain, and many people would prefer to avoid it as long as possible. (Fair warning: Ignoring pain has consequences.)

You’ll learn a lot about Chiron by taking this quiz, and quite possibly, how Chironic you are, often without realizing it. Learn whether or not you “get” Chiron and how many things about you may be woven together through knowing Chiron’s myth, astrological characteristics and how modern culture has changed since its discovery.

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See you in May for more reposts on Chiron—then onto the rest of the PUNCs, what I call the outer planets and people who have them prominent: Plutonian, Uranian, Neptunian Chironics. Meanwhile--laughter.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets – Saturn

2015 is a year of reposts by topic on The Radical Virgo. The idea is to create a blog bibliography (blogography) for you to find subject-related articles and an easy way to revisit past posts and find new ones to explore. 

“You have a good relationship with Saturn,” Donna Cunningham once reminded me when I was fearful of a Saturn transit on the horizon. If you don’t have a good relationship with Saturn—yet—remember it’s not only possible; it’s one of the best goals any astrology lover can take on.

Saturn is half of the duo that results in the creation of great human beings. We say the best thing we can give our children is roots (Saturn) and wings (Uranus). Saturn represents the structure we need to be civilized and to function well on Earth while Uranus offers us the freedom to explore and discover what lies beyond our limits in order to expand them. We grow up to Saturn’s edge, and then Chiron gives us a bridge to Uranus and all the actualization tools represented by the outer planets.

I was fascinated by the fact that there have been four posts on Saturn on The Radical Virgo, like the sides of a square, creating a tidy “enclosure.” This is one of the things Saturn does. It gives us boundaries so that we can feel safe functioning in the world. Imagine them to be just a bit rubbery, so when they become too confining, we can stretch ourselves to grow even more.

Here are the RV’s déjà Saturn posts:

Saturn is rarely loved like Jupiter. Many people dread seeing Saturn coming. They make a cross with their index fingers, wear garlic and treat old Chronos like a vampire that’s going to suck all the fun out of their life. Saturn has his true positives, and we’ll go for balancing the fishing boat on this one, too. (The only planet that’s probably less popular is Pluto.)

In this movie that started shooting in June 2014 (not yet released), all of the characters are in the heart of their Saturn Return, the time at 29.5 years when the planet Saturn “returns” to the place it was in the sky at one's birth. We all have a Saturn Return when we are turning 30, turning 60, turning 90. This is the time when we typically wrestle with the big life choices— career, life partner and life purpose. 

“Mature” relationship, by the very use of the adjective mature involves making peace with Saturn. There is a good reason why Saturn is exalted—best placed—in the sign of Libra. We all want relationships that endure, relationships that are “there for us.” We want love that’s steady and reliable, a love that creates just enough boundaries so we can feel safe to be ourselves, even when we push the envelope. (If we can’t push the envelope in a relationship, we can’t grow and the partnership withers.)

In the previous article, Saturn in Libra: “Form” Your Love Life, Chart Your Relationship History; we began creating a timeline of past relationships. My inspiration was an exercise on charting times of personal transformation, based on the book, Living Deeply by Marilyn Mandala Schlitz et al. One of the exercises the authors invite readers to do: make a chart of your life in seven-year cycles. Of course, that’s the Saturn cycle with its seven-year increments!


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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spring Equinox Poem: “Birthday Party”

 Poem © 2015 by Joyce Mason

push through
the birth canal of Gaia;
end winter's hard labor.
The Sun hands out
flower petals rolled up as cigars.
The Moon mops her brow,
midwife to the season
where Mars leads off
Venus follows
and Mercury
rounds out the chorus
of springing, singing signs.
Chant Aries, Taurus, Gemini!
Happy Rebirthday!


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Radical Reposts: The Planets – Jupiter


Jupiter is so big; it dwarfs the other planets.

2015 is a year of reposts by topic on The Radical Virgo. The idea is to create a blog bibliography (blogography) for you to find subject-related articles and an easy way to revisit past posts and find new ones to explore.

In the last post, I was surprised that I’d published so few articles on Mars, given my Jupiter/Mars trine. Looks like Jupiter, as usual, was the part of that pair that overdid things. There are plenty of meaty posts on this planet to sing your teeth into, by Jove.

By Jove and by the way, the second post in the Back to School series on individual learning styles is the 4th most popular post of all time on The Radical Virgo. Enjoy!
Exploring Jupiter

This could be the start of something BIG--Jupiter. In the ancient Roman religion and myth, Jupiter or Jove was king of the gods and also the god of sky and thunder.  Let’s explore Jupiter, planet of optimism, enthusiasm, expansion, goodwill, religion and philosophy, good fortune, travel and higher education.

Knowledge is power! Learning needs and style shape your life. Extra! Extra! Learn all about it.

In Part 1, we explored Jupiter by sign. We covered how the flavor of your Planet of Expansion influences your quest for life-long learning. As astrologers and astrology students, knowing how your Jupiter ticks is nearly as important as having chart software. Playing to the needs of your Jupiter will help you learn, grow, and grasp new concepts better, make you a better spiritual adventurer, and give you the broadest view of life.

In Part 1, we looked at Jupiter in the Signs. Part 2 is where we visited your 9th House and any planets in it. Now for the grand finale of our Jupiter Journey, let's touch on how Jupiter works in the houses.

No holiday could be more “Jupiter” than the typical American Thanksgiving. We overdo everything—food, football, friends, family and acid indigestion.

Jupiter Transits

What a wonderful process for anyone whose 4th House is about to be visited by Jupiter, a transit that at its best could support the recreation of a joyful childhood.

In Part 1 of this trip down memory lane, I identified these ingredients that made up my happy childhood home. Here’s the rest of the recipe.

Jupiter Return

 While the Jupiter Return is a transit, too, it’s in a class of its own for the blessings it can bring. Mine is just one case study. Find the dates of your last Jupiter Return (every 12 years) and see what was happening for you. If you don’t have your own astrology software, visit the free chart service on (See Horoscope Chart Drawings.)

Coming Home to My True Beliefs. Every twelve years, Jupiter returns to its natal position in our charts. My latest Jupiter Return was very relevant to the ultimate creation of The Radical Virgo, even though I had no idea where I was headed at the time. You can almost think of this pair of posts as an extended “About” section that tells the background of this blog and how I got here.

Now that I've shared my previous post with set-up and background, I can finally tell you the details of what happened during my last Jupiter Return and everything it set in motion. It all started with missing ritual …


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