Hi Rad ... group ..
I'm posting what I got so far. It's not meant to be exhaustive or complete.
Thanks so much for everyone's analyses and participation, it is a Blessing to be a part of this community, and thank you so much Rad for the ongoing direction and support to our learning.
God Bless, with love, Gonzalo
A natural image of the Goddess (a Rock in La Campana, a sacred hill, a place Darwin visited in Chile).
Mercury being Pisces Balsamic conjunct Pluto Pisces in the 3rd House reflects a Soul that has experienced tremendous levels of disillusionment in connection with knowledge forms along many lifetimes. Past experiences of disillusionment have involved massive crises of personal meaning and the meaning of life (Mercury SN 2nd House, Mercury Pisces), and have translated into a series of psychological and emotional dynamics, and to a series of intellectual dynamics, and there is an underlying crises of spiritual nature which relates to disillusionment with the knowledge forms. One reason for the intensity of the crises has been the degree of personal identification with these knowledge forms, and meaning, and ultimate meaning, deposited in these types of knowledge, and the degree of personal identification with types of roles that were associated with the knowledge forms, which have been talked about in prior posts. In natural times, matriarchal older lives, these included knowledge forms of evolved nature received or learnt from other types of beings such as peoples from distant places in the Galaxy with more evolved civilizations, and also beings and Nature spirits, or direct ways from Nature or the Goddess (the Pisces planets and Mercury trine Uranus 11th House, Mercury ruled by Neptune Sagittarius). The knowledge forms received from the more evolved beings had the intention to help humans evolve on Gaia, and to survive 2nd House). With Mercury Pisces and SN Mercury in Capricorn, Neptune Balsamic conjunct Saturn, which rules all the Capricorn south nodes, this relates to knowledge forms about the structural nature of reality, and the connections of structure and form with the wholeness, or phenomenal reality in total (Mercury/Jupiter Pisces), ie. the connection between the finite and the infinite, the microcosm and the macrocosm, the small and the largest. This points to structures created or built by men in pre-patriarchal and pre-urban times which aligned Earth’s energy with the overall Cosmos and with distant places in the Galaxy, using various types of sacred knowledge. Mars is conjunct asteroid Astronomy, exactly opposed by Mathesis (26°16’ Aries) which is exactly bi-quintile to Saturn, and sextile to the Aquarius 3rd House Pallas, and semi-square to Mercury, and squares the SN of Urania in the 8th House which opposes the Moon and the Capricorn SNs in the 2nd House. This correlates with cutting stones in ways which create unique individual forms and modules which were then placed together in different ways which were aligned with Earth’s energies and distant places in the sky. The symbols reflect knowledge and means serving to cut the rock including large rocks very easily and precisely, and perhaps, for suspending the gravity of the stones for their transportation. The rocks were cut by various means, such as wedges and water, or sound, or perhaps some means capable to disintegrate matter (such as the shamir, a type of ‘worm’ that the legend says was used for building the temple of Solomon). Stones were cut and carved and mounted reflecting sacred geometry designs. These forms were capable to induce a perceptual shift, because of the nature of the forms themselves (and because they were placed in patterns of sacred geometry connecting with the Earth energies), captivating the attention of the observer and shifting the observer’s assemblage point expanding the awareness through the interaction in these sacred ‘installations’. These structures created a shift in perception because they reflected a geometry (3rd House) in which each form most perfectly contained itself (2nd House), and through containing themselves, contained all in Nature having the same form, including larger totalities. All the possible ‘sizes’ where contained within these forms.
Because the ruler of the Mercury SN is Saturn/Neptune in the 12th House, and conjuncts the Moon, and Mercury is Pisces, these reflects that the forms used were forms existing in Nature, and which were connected with ancient types of worships of the Goddess or Spirit manifesting in the forms of Nature, such as rocks and mountains. These forms revealed ways in which Spirit or the Goddess manifested and was contained within Creation. This implies how the infinite manifested within the finite or limited. The forms these men created when cutting and arranging these stones were a continuation of the work of Nature/Spirit. At those times prior to patriarchy there was no conflict between form and content, structure and interiority (Capricorn/Cancer). There was neither a conflict between Nature and culture, because these men were aware that they were a part of Nature, just like the other animals and plants, and these structural creations were just ways in which Nature revealed itself through men: forms revealing how the totality is contained within and permeates each part or fragment (Pisces). These forms were defined by a sense of fullness and balance or harmony, ie. the limits or borders were determined by allowing a full development or expansion of the forms from within themselves. The limit or border is a function of forces. Since totality or wholeness (Pisces) is contained within each part (Mercury), and given that the individual limit or border (Capricorn/Cancer) has not been invaded or transgressed, the fullness of the individual form reveals itself as a model of the wholeness. This allowed the individual’s attention to connect with the inner time of the stone, or the place, Nature, Gaia, or the Cosmos, ie. concentric layers of memory (Mercury trine Uranus) each one resembling the same volume at different possible ‘sizes’. The forms of knowledge supporting these types of work were consistent with nowadays theories such as morphic resonance (ie. that acting on whatever form within space/time creates an effect on all forms sharing a same design) and the field concept (that rather than a world composed primarily of separate objects or particles externally and linearly relating among themselves, reality is composed by fields, or by a unified field, in which flows and interactions occur, in which create particles or objects are just a surface effect).
Because of the take-over of patriarchy, these knowledge forms, cultural projects, and types of work dynamics and social roles, etc. became devaluated, and denigrated, because they did not fit any more within the new ‘paradigms’. Patriarchy created a delusory sense of hierarchy between sky and Earth introducing the sky gods and devaluating Gaia. This supported the delusory devaluation of women, through a devaluation of sensation, emotion, sexuality and the body, which were associated with a ‘fallen nature’ in the new belief systems and Garden of Eden type myths: the ruler of all the Capricorn SNs being Saturn/Neptune in the 12th House, and the Pisces stellium in the 3rd House. These experiences were devastating for the individual, to a point of emotional, mental and spiritual trauma, because of the degree of personal involvement with all this stuff. The individual further experienced emotional betrayal connecting with the collaboration dynamics which now were deprived of the original inspiration that existed in the past. The individual felt fundamentally disillusioned in connection with these knowledge forms.
All this of course had many different manifestations at different levels, including the intellectual orientation, Mercury. One early impact on the intellectual dynamics of Darwin’s Soul induced by the patriarchal transition was a separation between Earth reality and Spiritual reality. This of course was created by means of the repression and suppression of emotion and sensation, and natural sexuality which had served as natural ways to connect with wholeness, and was promoted by patriarchal beliefs, opinions and myths that took the place of experiential truths and natural law. Thus, Earth reality was devaluated and all the immanent Spiritual meaning that in earlier times was experienced within Creation was now projected to a higher, transcendent’ dimension of ‘pure’ Spirit. A specific point of the emotional devastation and trauma created by the transition to patriarchy, and the individual’s emotional choices in face of this transition, relates to the nature of temples, which became places for sacrifices to the Gods. Other aspect of this relates to the Vesta archetype now manifesting the distorted role of ‘sacred prostitution’: the SN Vesta is Capricorn and conjuncts the SN Venus, SN Mercury, etc., ruled by Neptune/Saturn 12th House, and Vesta is in the 4th House Aries conjunct Venus, ruled by Mars in the 10th House, ie. how women having knowledge of sacred sexuality became administrated by priests who would assign them to ‘selected’ males to have sex with these women at the temples. These are specific causes of guilt because of what had been the outcome of temples, and because of the ongoing desires to build these types of “sacred” structures.
Given that Charles Darwin Soul is defined by fundamental desires to know the truth of all (Pluto/Jupiter/Mercury Pisces 3rd House), this alienation from natural emotional reality has impacted the orientation to knowledge along many lifetimes, in different ways. With Venus in Aries 3rd House ruled by Mars in Libra, an important chapter in this process could have taken place in the context of Greek culture, and within this it is possible to find possible specific connections with Pythagoras and with Orphism, and later with Plato and then Aristotle. The possible connections with Pythagorean thought can be seen in the relation between mathematics and music, ie. the idea that the universe is subject to an order which is based on numbers, which create a harmony that translates into music. The relations between music and number were demonstrated by the law of the octave, ie. that the vibration of a string produces different tones within a scale depending on the string length (SN Mercury in the 2nd House Capricorn, ruled by Saturn/Neptune in the 12th House, Mercury in the 3rd House Pisces; Venus in the 3rd House in mutual reception with Mars in the 10th House Libra, Mars is conjunct asteroid Pythagoras and square Orpheus, etc.). It is interesting that Darwin postulated in The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex that human language had evolved from musical primary forms of communication (Musical protolanguage: Darwin's theory of language evolution revisited, by W. Tecumseh Fitch, at: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1136
). Also, it is interesting that, despite Pythagoras considered the universe to be arranged and ordered based on number, he also ‘discovered’ the problem of incommensurables. The so called Theorem of Pythagoras demonstrates that in a right-angled triangle the area of the square on the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the areas of the squares of the other two sides—that is, a2 + b2 = c2. If the lengths of a and b are equal to 1 (a=1 and b=1), then the length of c is the square root of 2, a number having infinite decimals and which thus cannot be defined by arithmetic, but only by geometry, where the length of the two equal sides is incommensurable with the length of the third side. This is a type of number that were later called ‘irrational’ and that implied a level of crisis in the Greek philosophical thought because it implied that existing magnitudes of measurable things did not fit within the celestial scheme of numerical perfection. Legends say that whomever revealed the secret of incommensurables would perish drowned in the sea (Pluto/Mercury Pisces ruled by Neptune 12th House, Uranus Scorpio ruled by Pluto and conjunct the NN). The Platonism can be seen in relation with systems defined by a duality and a separation between a changing phenomenal reality which is considered as an illusion, and an eternal and immutable world of pure ideas or forms. In Plato’s philosophy, the apparent is ultimately unreal except for its participation in those forms or ideas that are supposed to be unchanging or eternal. Because the Moon and the SN Pluto are conjunct the SN Mercury in Capricorn, we are looking at how emotional dynamics relating to the patriarchal family have conditioned the thought function. In essence, emotion has been suppressed, it is not present, neither in the superior realm of eternal ideas nor in the phenomenal world, except in a distorted appearance. The prior orientation to build integrative structures or forms that aligned or revealed connections between the microcosms and the macrocosms, has derived into desires to conform to an external order or structure, or to create such structures conforming to such an order, which had become the source of meaning for the individual, beyond the orb of all that can perish and can be a source of loss or pain. Because the Aries Venus ruling the South Node in the 5th House, is the ruler of the 10th House cusp and Mars, which in turn rules the 4th and 5th House cusps, and Mars squares the Moon which conjuncts the SN Mercury, with Mercury in the 3rd House Pisces, we can see the thought created need to discriminate between what is legitimate and illegitimate, originating in the patriarchal family structure in which legitimate equals the paternal filiation, and illegitimate means occurring outside the paternal filiation. This scheme has imposed over the prior natural order in which filiation was dependent on alliance, where children were the children of the group or tribe, and thus, dependent on multiple social natural connections. The patriarchal family structure created a conflict and a rivalry between the legitimate and the spurious, in which the spurious appear as claiming or usurping an undue privilege. Same thing with concepts, in which the intellect is now set the task to discriminate within a scheme of rivalry which is the legitimate concept which holds the true connection or participation with the immutable, original idea, existing beyond the mundane. Mercury Pisces 3rd House, SN Mercury in the 2nd House Capricorn, ruled by Saturn/Neptune in the 12th House Sagittarius, illustrates Plato’s allegory of the cave, in which men are chained and can only contemplate shadows projected in the cave´s wall, which they consider to be real. The philosopher frees self from the chains and thus becomes capable to contemplate the real objects from which the shadows were only a poor image. Further, same symbols reflect Plato’s theory of reminiscence: in this system philosophical reasoning is considered a way for individuals to recognize and remember the underlying immutable essences, because the Soul has known these essences prior to incarnation. On other hand, these schools of thought are oriented to promote philosophical discussion within the city, or Polis, a field in which social order is created and guaranteed by free discussion between free competitors, or friends, based on opinions. Here, the philosopher is defined as a lover of wisdom, and has the task to rectify the opinions of men through reasoning. The role of the philosopher confirms the function of thought as selection between candidates, selection of the true participant in the divine idea. Plato considered the city or state should be organized in a three class structure using the body as a model (Capricorn), with three centers corresponding to three functions: digestive center being the productive workers, respiratory center being the warriors, and the head or reason, which were the philosophers, who Plato considered should be in charge of government (Saturn in Sagittarius). Plato lived during the Gemini period of the Libra sub-age of the Aries age, Athens being an Aries zone, so with Venus being in the 3rd House Aries, ruled by Mars in Libra, there could be direct or indirect connections with this philosopher at those times. This type of orientation will be a base for Darwin’s Soul to create sociological trauma because of desires to promote social change.
It seems to me that one essential point within this Greek stage of Darwin’s Mercury curriculum is the beginning of a new cycle in which the conceptual extremes created in earlier stages-form and content, structure and interiority, immutability and change, high and low, material and spiritual, body and mind-reach a point of polarization and mutual questioning leading to a way back for progressive integration to take place along lifetimes to come. It is also possible that this stage connects with Soul’s desires to integrate back with people in the context of cities, upon lifetimes in which the Soul chose to withdraw and isolate from human interaction (SN Mercury in the 2nd House Capricorn ruled by Saturn/Neptune in the 12th House, Mercury Pisces, ie. withdrawing in order to effect contemplation, and same time because of the fundamental disillusionment with human affairs which combined with desires to relate to the eternal, which the Soul had identified with structures or forms, versus the changing circumstances). This can be seen in the 3rd House Venus being Aries, ruled by Mars in the 10th House being Libra. The intention to begin integrating opposites can be seen in connection with Plato, which in some way addressed the philosophical dichotomy introduced by Pythagoras’ problem of incommensurables and reflected in the opposing views of Heraklitus and Parmenides, between Being as immutable or Being as perpetual change. This was addressed in some way by Plato by determining that while something changes, something needs to remain the same. But he referred the unchanging to the world of ideas and the changing to the world of appearances. Later, Aristotle would bring back the celestial ideas or forms and place them within the phenomenal world of things now understood as composed of matter and form, and would directly attempt to determine which types and what degree of change are possible that allow a thing to remain the same, and which types and degrees of change imply a change in nature, ie. the idea of substance and accidental modifications. This organization of difference impacts on Darwin’s intellectual organization because the species is defined by a difference with the genus, but in turn is limited by the genus, ie. needing to accommodate difference within parameters of a pre-existing model (asteroid Aristotle is at 24°16’ Capricorn, conjunct the SN Mercury and the other SN). Other theme that is possibly condensed in this context concerns the autarchy and autonomy of closed systems that was an aspiration an ideal of the Greek Polis, implying a limitation for evolution, the types of limitations and isolation that served Darwin to observe evolution in the Galapagos, also a reflection of his own isolation and conceptual limitations.
The 3rd House Mercury in Pisces, with the SN Mercury in Capricorn in the 2nd House, reflects desires to understand the mistery of life, and death. Aquarius in the 3rd House cusp ruled by Uranus in the 11th House, trine Mercury, Uranus being conjunct the North Node, reflects the impact of experiences Darwin’s Soul felt unable to process or understand intellectually, the extraordinary, and the miraculous. With the Pisces stellium in the 3rd House I wonder Darwin’s Soul could have had a lifetime during the time of Jesus of Nazareth (who had a massive Pisces stellium in the 3rd House too). Asteroid Lazzaro is at 15°02’ Pisces conjuncting the Pisces planets including Pluto, Jupiter, Ceres, Mercury, and the NN Mercury, and asteroid Martha is at 26°59 Capricorn in the 2nd House, conjunct … the many symbols in Capricorn 2nd House including the SN Mercury, the Moon, and Orpheus: thus, witnessing how a man was called back from death, when the corpse already ‘smelled’ and who was buried inside a cave: SN Mercury Capricorn, ruled by Saturn/Neptune 12th House, ie., the corpse, or the human organic form already decomposing upon for days after death, Uranus Scorpio 11th House, rising from the death as a manifestation of the will of God, of the Father, Uranus ruled by Pluto Pisces, ruled by Neptune/Saturn, being invoked by the language of the Logos, or Jesus, 3rd House Pisces. Such type of experience would have been shocking for Darwin’s Soul, not only because it would have radically challenged his intellectual constructions and beliefs, but also because of the long story of emotional unresolved mourning within his Soul that has been deeply analyzed in this thread.
In general terms, the SN Mercury in the 2nd House Capricorn with the other Mercury/10th House connections reflects that the Soul has had past experiences of reality as ordered and structured, this order and structure being a manifestation of inherent intelligibility reflecting the way God set in motion the Creation. In those most ancient past lives this implied many levels of natural interconnectedness of everything. Because of patriarchal conditioning, this scheme within Darwin’s mind lost its inner root, and this inner root was projected into structure itself, which became non-reflective of the suppressed levels of experience of emotional nature which guaranteed the integrity of the system and the unfolding of its evolutionary potential. This then led to the lives where his Soul chose to give ultimate meaning to structure and order themselves. Same time, because this more ancient intellectual order was individuating in nature, ie. the non-invasiveness of the patterns allowed individual forms to manifest and flourish, and further, because of Darwin’s Soul egocentric identification with the individual roles in those older lives, the nature of the structural order his Soul sought to recognize in later lives was an order created through the interface of individuals, ie. the ‘selective’ process occurring between rivals, individuals, wanting to reproduce themselves, their own individual forms. Such procedure does not allow to understand how variation, and evolution, occur. With the natal Mercury being Pisces, the Soul has needed to dissolve prior constructions in order to allow a permeability between different layers and strata existing in the own understanding, for communication to exist between all levels: between the individual and the species, and the other species, but also between the individual and the pre-individual, between the organic and the inorganic, etc. This implies reaching the awareness that structures and non-structured flows, the smooth and the striated (Deleuze) are forever interfacing and creating complex, partial patterns, in which the structures themselves serve a temporary role and later became nothing but the substratum upon which flows keep flowing and new structures arise, and decay: the totality of the past creating the surface or milieau where the present form occurs, by giving new uses to whatever forms created or assembled by the intermingling of layers, and strata, and the fragmentation and de-composition of the substratum. Within this, individual forms arise, serve a purpose or role on the surface of Being, while carrying with them the totality of the past in ways which are much deeper than their individuality. The individual merely allows a portion of the past to reproduce, but the individual is destined to perish, while serving to create conditions for other individuals to play their game. In terms of evolutionary biology, it is the almost infinite genetic potentiality contained in the germinal plasm (Pluto) that will use the individual’s reproduction to make its way from the past to a future, even to the cost of the individual (as in the selfish gene model of Dawkins), which only actualizes each time a part of their contained potential. In turn, each individual playing its individual game during its brief existence, creates at least potentially all types of interactions with other individuals, layers and strata of organic and inorganic nature, introducing some level of disorder that will not only have an impact on the reproductive possibilities of individuals, but will also condition the portions of the past contained in the individual DNAs that have a chance to manifest, and intensify their evolutionary rate. Darwin was about to discover that “transmission of genes is secondary in relation to information and communication strictly speaking, there is no transmission of flows but rather the communication of a code or an axiomatic which informs the flows (Keith Ansel Pearson, Germinal Life, The Difference and Repetition of Deleuze)”. This involves all levels, including the pre-individual, the species, and the ecologic, social and cosmic levels within open and non-centered systems. A simple example shall serve to demonstrate this last point. What if because of new cultural values the surviving, ‘fittest’ human individuals were not only the toughest, but also the most sensitive? This would serve for the human species to manifest and actively evolve potential capacities contained in the human dna, and carried in each generation in a state of latency or a ‘virtual state’ until allowed to manifest because of new ways of interaction. Across the boundaries of individuals, between species, between the organic and the inorganic, all types of flows and migrations occur, which trigger devolopments and induce changes that have nothing to do with heredity, and in which new forms emerge that have nothing to do with some original model. Everything occurs within a plane of immanence. The role of flows of information and code (Mercury) within evolution Darwin was about to discover can be illustrated by the Churinga of the Aranda people from Central Australia, Clause Levi-Strauss wrote about. “The Churinga are stone or wooden objects [with which the Aranda] represent the body of an ancestor and which then, generation after generation, are solemnly presented to the individual in whom it is believed the ancestor is repeatedly reincarnated (Giorgio Agamben, Infancy and History)”. By this device, social structure and interaction between individuals manifesting in the surface of being, allows the ‘larval’ individual to recover clue portions of its entire Soul memory (Mercury), energy that will allow the individual to become what it needs to become, in service of its group and the totality. During the short time of the individual’s life, all it can do in service of the total evolution is to interface with others in ways that create conditions allowing their potential to actualize: only to emit signs and create patterns that reverberate with deep partial structures coming from the past in search of completion and fulfillment, so that they can reach their own ‘perfection’, became a richer substratum and leave their place to deeper emerging possibilities until the ‘origin’ of all totally reveals itself in the manifest Creation (Mercury/Pluto/Jupiter conjunction in Pisces means desires to understand the dna of God within Creation, ie. immanence). In order to reach such understanding, Darwin needed to Pisces dissolve prior intellectual orientations focused on the manifest, and individual, structures, and to shift the focus to the pre-individual and the multiple and collective as emerging orders (Mercury trine to Uranus). Further, because of the prior thought structures in which reality had to conform to a model, in which difference (Mercury, Uranus) was understood as something missing or not conforming to the original or ‘ideal’, he now needed to understand difference as positive, and constitutive of being. This means to understand difference as individuating, or individuation is differentiating, and to understand that difference, occurring by means of new arrangements or assemblages within the pre-individual substratum, is an affirmative and creative manifestation (Full phase trine Uranus/Mercury) of pre-individual intensities. Thus, the necessary primacy of emotion and feeling for evolution to occur (SN Mercury 2nd House, Gemini in the 7th House, Taurus on the 6th House cusp, Mercury/Pluto in Pisces), because the depths that whatever sign or code, or memory, is capable to activate is dependent not on the sign itself but on the reverberation or resonance it is allowed to produce beneath the surface, and within the living past contained or carried within each individual.