Chiron in Taurus through the Houses

The classic "wounded bull" manifests in the sense of being good enough, and generally impacts the sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Usually there is an uncomfortable class consciousness and sensitivity to poverty, with an accompanying feeling of inadequacy. Compensations can manifest as an excessive preoccupation with status symbols, hallmarks of affluence and high class items which confer prestige and elegance. Feeling unsophisticated, gauche, clumsy, dull, slow, inept or uncultured are other classic expressions. Chiron in Taurus harbours a secret sensitivity that they are just not as cultured, well-read, urbane and well-educated as others around them. Chiron in Taurus and the...
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Chiron in Taurus, the Wound of Insecurity

When the centaur Lord Chiron is in the sign of Taurus, the woundedness manifests in the realm of comfort, security and self-esteem. Indeed, the pain of Chiron here is likely to be felt as discomfort, insecurity and low self-esteem. As with all matters of Venus’ realm, there is a sharp dichotomy between material and spiritual manifestations of the placement. Venus rules both money (material) and love (spiritual), and to some extent, you will dictate which expression of Venus’ domain is expressed through the pain of Chiron here. This does not mean that you will be immune to one or the...
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Frida’s Forge

Frida Kahlo is well known as a trailblazing artist. She was, for example, the first Mexican artist to have a painting displayed in the Louvre. But her passion for painting was discovered almost by accident. Well, literally because of an accident, that nearly killed her. In 1922, a bus she was embarked upon collided with a car, and she was flung clear of the wreckage and impaled upon a metal handrail. She later claimed that the length of steel entered her flank and exited through her vagina, this was perhaps untrue. She also broke her collarbone, two ribs, her leg...
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Hephaistos through the Signs

Throughout these delineations I’ve been careful to not over-assign roles in the relationship dynamic that typifies Hephasitos in the chart. But generally speaking, in the context of Hephaistos as a kind of minor chord of Chiron, it’s entirely likely that you will take on what might be termed the “lacking” role. So, for example, if you have Hephaistos in Capricorn, then the chances are that you will project your lack of Capricorn quality onto your partner and feel inadequate in that archetypal metric. So, it’s most likely that they will seem serious and measured and you will feel that you...
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Hephaistos, the Misfit Archetype

According to Carl Jung, marriage is prone to archetypal dysfunction. The myths are but representations of experience learned ten thousand times over and more through all of history and humankind, and these patterns are accessible to each of us through humanity’s collective unconscious. They are like old comfortable clothes that just seem to “fit”. And after the first blush of love’s carmine rose is faded a little, the temptation is to try them on. Why is this? It is because the old clothes are comfortable and – at first – they do not constrict. Also, because creating new clothes is...
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The Great Gravy Train Robbery

Predicting the outcome of elections is hard. The British general election of two days ago has ushered in the most right-wing government Britain has ever seen. This bold conclusion is ably supported by the announcement today that Tommy Robinson, a far-right campaigner and member of various white supremacist organisations has become a paid-up member of the Conservative Party, but even without his ominous benediction, the worrying portents had long been evident. There are, for example, now only nominal policy differences between the current Conservative party and the once almost universally reviled National Front of the 1970s. In my view, the...
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Degrees of Separation

Today I want to teach a very simple astrological technique which I have developed over the years, which I hope will precipitate many fascinating insights. It is a technique that I use all the time because without fail it provides clarity to important life transitions and is so very easy to use. In truth it is a kind of rough and ready system of employing Solar Arc directions, which are invariably powerful and very little employed. The good news is that they are extremely accessible and straightforward, even for a fairly inexperienced student to perform. Now, the reason this method...
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Communion with Hades

I am checking in after a little absence because it's remarkable how quickly time flies and how much work you can get done without even the slightest disturbance on the surface of life and it might seem that there is nothing going on, in the depths of one's personal tarn. You will note that I have included a photograph of a tarn at the beginning of this post so that we can all get into the same way of thinking. My guess would be that some people have a personal tarn, and for some it is more of a...
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