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about the mutable dilemma in the late Zip Dobyns'
online article, The Astrological Dilemmas
were first identified by Marc Edmund Jones. The
classic “bucket pattern” chart is composed
of a primary group of nine planets, with a singleton
planet opposing the primary group’s center.
See Dane Rudhyar, Person
Press, 1980, pp. 186–225; and Michael R.
Handbook for the Humanistic Astrologer
Universe, 2000, pp.138–150.
Pluto conjoins the natal Moon from January 29,
2001 to November 11, 2003; squares the natal Sun
from January 31, 2002 to November 15, 2004; squares
the natal Mars from December 27, 2001 to October
6, 2004; and conjoins the natal Ascendant from
December 25, 2003 to September 30, 2006. The progressed
Sun squares natal Uranus September 20, 2001 to
September 22, 2005, exact on September 22, 2003.
Transiting Saturn conjoins the natal Descendant
from June 23, 2002 to April 11, 2003.
New Moon is the beginning of the significant 30-year
Progressed Lunation Cycle. To find out more,
Lunation Cycle: A
Key to Understanding of Personality
Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and the article, An
Overview of Dane Rudhyar's Approach to Cycles
2/98), by Nicki Michaels.
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Mountain Astrologer, April-May 2004
I am completely
stuck in many aspects of my life: career, marriage,
finances. What should I focus on fixing first?
I don't know if this is the fault of my Mars
retrograde in Pisces, my Sun-Moon-Mars t-square,
or something else entirely. Right now, my plan
is to focus on my career — I'm thinking that,
if I could get my career figured out, then
I would know whether or not to invest in the
marriage or leave. But perhaps I need to end
the marriage; then, figuring out the career
would be easier.
a bit like a rat in a maze? You're experiencing
the classic mutable dilemma,1 emphasized
by your bucket-pattern chart, including
your mutable t-square, with retrograde
Mars the singleton beneath the horizon.2 However,
finding "fault" within
your chart will not empower you to shift
your outlook and change your life.
Try productively reframing your t-square
in a positive light: The 12th-house Sagittarian
Moon allows you to see beyond the obvious;
the 9th-house Jupiter-Sun conjunction encourages
you to let your beliefs define priorities;
and the 3rd-house Pisces Mars-Part of Fortune conjunction
enables you to put your faith into action to create
meaningful change. When operating concordantly,
this compelling planetary combination is
both dynamic and effective.
Natal Chart - Muddled Guy
Source: Birth Certificate
With transiting Pluto hovering around your
Ascendant, from late 2003 through late 2006,
it's definitely time for a major shift, especially
because this current Pluto transit follows
its conjunction to your natal Moon (release
of outdated habits and patterns) and a square
to your natal Sun-Mars (restructuring goals
and life direction). It also coincides with
the progressed Sun square natal Uranus (become
your true self) and Saturn's transit through
your 7th house (get real about your marriage).3 The fact that you've experienced such potent
Pluto transits over the past several years
without significant changes in your life
suggests that the internal pressure you're
now experiencing must be close to overwhelming.
As uncomfortable as this must be, it is
a good thing — because you are being
called upon, in no uncertain terms, to deeply
transform and align your outer life with
your inner spirit. If nothing in your life
is working for you, then reassess it all
— marriage, career, the works! But not with
logical decisions: the rat-in-the-maze syndrome.
Instead, follow your naturally keen intuition
and call upon the trine from natal Mercury
at the Midheaven to your 12th-house Sagittarian
Moon, asking with each step, "Am I being
true to myself?"
Next, identify the higher principles that
guide your life. Your 9th-house Sun-Jupiter
and Mercury reveal an attraction to ideas,
philosophies, and belief systems. How do
your career, your marriage, and your life
align with your philosophical perspective?
Are you walking your talk? Where you cannot
honestly answer "yes," make choices that
will bring you and your beliefs into closer
alignment. Be brave and let go of whatever
you must leave behind. Make room for the
new — much of which will show up after your
progressed New Moon in August of 2008.4 Remember:
You have a once-in-a-lifetime celestial opportunity
for an extreme life makeover, and everything's
up for grabs. Be bold and make the most of
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