Hi Rad, and group
Here are my observations about the main evolutionay axis in this birthchart.
God Bless, Gonzalo
The Soul has been defined along many lifetimes by bottom-line desires to understand the nature of reality. This is skipped steps signature because of the Chiron square to the nodes, so both Pluto 3rd House and Pluto 9th House have been actualized in prior lifetimes, in ways which are not resolved or completed. The south node of Mercury is also square the nodes, with Mercury conjunct its own north node. So, the Soul has been flip-flopping between 3rd House Pisces and 9th House Virgo, ie. different approaches to understanding reality, different orientations to knowledge and truth, ie. linear thought or intuition, imagination and analysis. Same time, with the Nodal axis from houses 5th to 11th the Soul has been evolving its self-centered and subjective egocentric focus in order to gain objectivity in his quest for knowledge, which has created a need to confront all of its past illusions and errors, and to reformulate its prior understandings and overall approach to knowledge.
With natal Pluto being in the 3rd House in Pisces, the Soul has been defined along the 3rd stage individuated state by desires to understand everything, the total reality, from an intellectual, rational point of view. The Soul has desired to project itself to linearly understand the totality of life, to intellectually know the unknown. Thus, the individual has oriented to collect enormous amounts of information, facts, and observations from the environment. At the 3rd stage individuated, the individual would be a polymath, and with the south node being in Taurus, a naturalist or a physician, someone desiring to gather knowledge about nature (Taurus, 9th House, Virgo). The individual would be observing the immediate environment and would also travel to distant places in search of information about the natural world. (this is the birth signature of Charles Darwin, who also was in this very evolutionary state). In more distant past-lifetimes, the individual has been prey of illusions and beliefs about the nature of things, including religion (Pisces 3d House and Virgo 9th House), which then triggered in more recent lives the desire and need to subject every illusion, belief, and concept, to factual deductive and analytic reasoning. The experience of past errors or mistakes, based on beliefs or illusions, has been devastating for the individual, because the individual has been fundamentally convinced of what it thought to be true. The individual felt deeply disillusioned of its own intellectual capacities and the acquired knowledge, because the individual was so identified with this knowledge, these beliefs and illusions, and with its own capacities, at an egocentric level (South Node in Taurus in the 5th House).
A dynamic has existed in which the individual has been seeking confirmation of the pre-existing associations of meaning, this limiting the capacity to observe reality. The devastating experience of the unknown existing beyond the acquired knowledge intended to redirect the focus of inquiry in order for an exploration of the unknown within. One purpose of this has been to create a linear understanding of the inner reasons, desires and dynamics, which have served as the basis to create personal intellectual illusions: what the Soul has imagined to be factual reality.
Because the South Node is Taurus, with its ruler Venus being in Aries, and further the 5th House cusp being also in Aries, the sexual instinctive nature is strong, and the individual has created lies and illusions in the past in order to have its sexual needs met from a narcissistic and masturbatory point of view. Obtaining satisfaction of the sexual needs has been a confirmation of the own value, and dynamics of rivalry have existed with other males. The individual has used its intellectual powers in order to create illusions serving to attract women. So, there is a karma of lies linked with relationships (Venus inconjunct to North Node Scorpio) and an overall karma of using the intellect in devious ways, as a means to demonstrate or prove the validity of its own subjective point of view, dictated by narcissistic needs and desires, or to create whatever distortions of truth to serve these purposes (also Mercury 3rd House Pisces, ruler of the 7th House cusp, is Balsamic conjunct to Pluto; asteroid Kassandra is in Sagittarius squaring Pluto, and asteroid Achilles* is in the 5th House Taurus, conjunct the South Node).
With Chiron being square the nodes, in the 2nd House Aquarius, relative to the South Node in Taurus, and the North Node in Scorpio in the 11th House conjunct Uranus, there are deep wounds and unresolved traumas in the Soul’s past, which are connected with survival of family members-children-and also the death of whole groups of people. The death of groups of people could have occurred in connection with plagues and contagious diseases, specially respiratory diseases (Chiron Aquarius, Uranus Scorpio conjunct North Node, Pluto polarity point in Virgo, the Pisces planets in the 3rd House). In these experiences the individual felt that it lacked the understanding and medical knowledge necessary to be of help, and its existing knowledge proved useless, inaccurate of irrelevant (in Darwin’s case, he postponed his studies in medicine for the sake of investigating in natural sciences, geology and biology; in an intermediate period he studied theology). Other dynamic relates to compensating the futility and meaninglessness created by the impact of the unknown, by intensifying the desires for external knowledge, translating in desires to travel to distant places, thus creating experiences of being away from home, and when coming back finding that a loved one, probably a child, had died: Virgo in the 9th House, Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Pisces, South Node in the 5th House square Chiron in the 2nd House, with the south node of Chiron in the 4th House Aries square the Moon in the 2nd House Capricorn, Ceres in Pisces conjunct Pluto and Mercury (the ruler of the Pluto polarity point; Neptune/Saturn 12th House are Sagittarius and are inconjunct the South Node. So, there is a pattern of guilt based on not having the knowledge needed to be of help to the group, combined with guilt for not being at home for his family because of the desires to expand the pre-existing knowledge. This type of traumas is confirmed by the Moon being conjunct asteroid Orpheus, and asteroid Proserpina being Rx in the 8th House at 3° Leo, conjunct Isis, both squaring the nodes. Isis myth is about putting together knowledge, about loss and trauma in relationships creating fragmentation, and also relates to motherhood and to the death misteries. Proserpina is the roman Persephone connected to loss and grief in parenting and with Orpheus they are connected to loss in personal relationships and descent to the underworld. (Darwin experienced the devastating loss of a 10 years old daughter. Also his mother died when he was eight). A bottom-line intention of these experiences has been to liberate from the egocentric focus leading the way in this expansion, in order to allow for fundamental discovery to occur from within, versus external knowledge, and to allow being inwardly directed-Pisces, Taurus- in actualizing the individual’s role in connection with knowledge. Relative to the evolutionary state of the individual, the Uranus/North node conjunction in Scorpio in the 11th House, with Chiron in Aquarius square the nodes, and conjunct Eris, and asteroids Hidalgo and Icarus, all square the nodes, indicate socio-political past-life traumas linked with liberation desires and rebelliousness of groups, acting to reform society based on ideas and ideals.
A defense operating based on avoidance from the own dynamics and the own subjectivity, alienation and detachment, have perpetuated compensation of the inner suffering by maintaining a fixity of the egocentric structure and a purposefulness that is linked to discovering and disseminating intellectual, scientific and philosophical knowledge, in which the Soul has desired to be acknowledged as special and ‘superior’ for his intellectual capacities and the vastness of his knowledge (South Node in the 5th House, ruled by Venus in the 3rd House Aries). This egocentric focus of course has implied a limitation in the knowledge forms themselves, and in the developmental state of the senses, because of the competing nature of Leo with Taurus archetypes.
The individual has needed to listen to his heart, ie. to become closer to himself, in order to dissolve the egocentric obsession to create linear order within the perceived external phenomena, and the perpetual need to look for factual evidence supporting the pre-existing conceptions. Not listening to his heart would translate in heart problems such as palpitations, arrhythmia, angina, and in panic attacks, as in Darwin’s case: a consequence of running away from the inner pain and angst in face of the unknown within, the fear of having the own mental constructions dissolved.
Because of the fixity of the egocentric orientation limiting the cognitive dynamics, the individual has needed to create intense inner and outer confrontations of intellectual and philosophical nature. Basically, these have been confrontations with his own past ways of understanding reality or Nature, in some cases literally: his own theories as formulated in the past (3rd House Pluto being the Scorpio North Node ruler, and being septile the South Node). A problem has been that the individual has been too well equipped intellectually and has been able to win these confrontations (North Node Scorpio, Pluto in the 3rd House trine the South Node), this creating the need for a relative isolation for the individual’s own confrontation with self (South Node in Taurus, ruled by Venus in Aries, Moon in the 2nd House Capricorn, North Node in the 11th House-a group of one). This has implied a limitation for the evolution of thought and investigation (south node of Mercury in Capricorn 2nd House, square the nodes). The septile between the South Node and Pluto in the 3rd House suggests that he would also meet other individuals who would be more intellectually evolved and would provide key information or knowledge.
Along the process of course the individual would be delivering leading-edge scientific knowledge and theories contributing to the advance of human understanding of Nature. The point from an EA point of view is the limitations of these knowledge and theories themselves, in how they reflect or not the Soul’s inner experience, and how the individual is meant to evolve through and beyond the prior limitations. The trine between Pluto and the North Node demonstrates that the Soul is cooperating with the need for inner confrontations required in order to evolve these dynamics, equaling embracing the desires to change occurring, though, by means of these inner, intellectual and philosophical confrontations. And the outcome of this evolution would be observed in the same life of the individual. Some of the pre-existing limitations and resistance are based on the emphasis of deductive thought, versus inductive thought and intuition, translating into a relative difficulty to see the whole picture. The enormous amount of observations and details would be put together by means of linear thought, ie. trying to build a whole by means of parts, which is not possible in nature. Instead, parts can only make sense as parts of a whole. In Darwin’s theory of evolution, this is reflected in that evolution occurs through ‘natural selection’ of the fittest individuals, without being able to explain how variation of the species occurs, and how it occurs in specific directions (orthogenesis), which can only be observed from the point of view of the whole species, and beyond, and not in individuals only. However, Darwin was able to introduce later concepts about evolution from a wider perspective, even referring to co-evolution of species as in the famous case of the orchids and the wasps and moths. The idea of orthogenesis had to be discarded because it implied theology (Pluto Pisces in the 3rd House). Also, Darwin’s model based on natural selection allowing reproduction of the fittest, self instinctual gratification, and rivalry (an application of the own prior sexual/intellectual dynamics?). He dismissed Lamarck’s view on development of latent potential in individuals and transmission, which is not evolutionary from the point of view of the individuals alone, but which creates an expanded basis for mating from the point of view of the species. However, the very idea of sexual selection based on gratification and pleasure serves to expand the basis for sex as only manifesting an instinct to reproduce. His theory relates to gradual evolution, however, there is also evolution which is not gradual (this can reflect his own desires to have a stable reality, and a repression of the past traumas). He could not explain the phenomenon of transmission, even though he was about to discover genetics (North Node in Scorpio).
With the Pluto polarity point being in the 9th House, the individual has needed to embrace a holistic perspective, in order to perceive the whole first, and then allow the parts to fall naturally in their places. Because it is in Virgo, this has required the individual to discriminate and separate intuited truth from pre-existing beliefs and errors. This also implies accepting and allowing truth to be revealed gradually, to become step-by-step closer to truth, versus desiring to know the whole truth all at once. Thus, it implies embracing desires to purify the nature of the own desires in connection with knowledge, and to purge the egocentric orientation and illusions of possessing truth or knowledge. The North Node being in the 11th House correlates with the need to embrace a fundamental objectivity and detached capacity for observation, versus desiring to have prior theories confirmed, and a fundamental need to liberate from egocentrism. This also reflects the intention to learn from the thought forms of others as containing other parts of the whole truth, and the potential for dynamics of collaboration and team work versus needing to elaborate knowledge alone. It also reflects the need for experimentation (which Darwin did). Also implied is the need to develop tolerance for paradox. Specifically in Darwin’s case, the North Node in the 11th House in Scorpio reflects the potential to penetrate to deeper layers of phenomena in order to observe the evolutionary impulse operating at a molecular level, inside individuals and beyond individuals. This symbol reflecs the ongoing understanding of evolution as a collective phenomena, and at the level of multiplicities. Mentioned before the North Node being Scorpio reflects the need for inner and outer confrontations, with Pluto being in the 3rd House, with the thought forms delivered by the individual in the past, also, reflecting the need to still consider the relativity of the expanded understanding gained through the 9th House intuition, as an ultimate law of any knowledge form. The Scorpio North Node in the 11th House reflects too the need to objectify the nature of the Soul desires that are the basis for having reality arranged in whatever way, and for the existing associations of meaning and value (as an example, who are the ‘fittest’? .. why the need for rivalry as a basis for the theory?). In combination these dynamics allow for a perpetual evolution and adaptation of the knowledge forms the individual is able to deliver for social benefit, without needing to be egocentrically identified with the own specialness, thus allowing a liberation in which the individual can balance work time with time out, for a cultivation of relationship with self and Soul discovery, which would lead the individual into the Spiritual state. Within personal relationships and sexual dynamics, the individual needs to embrace a fundamental honesty and objective and analytic orientation to understand its own sexual needs and how they are met, and to embrace desires to experience sexuality at an emotional, Soul level, and not only as a biological function or a source of self-gratification.
* Just noted that I took Achilles for Ulysses. Achilles is not related to lying.