Hi Rad, and group ..
.. ok …… I’ll attempt a succinct and simple analysis of some aspects of the natal Mars archetype of Charles ..
God Bless, Gonzalo
Mars is the lower octave of Pluto .. Pluto in the 3rd House Pisces reflects desires to know all … then, Mars in the 10th House reflects the instinctive acting out of this desire to know all in a way which is focused on finitude, ie. the material plane.. Because Pluto in the 3rd House Pisces reflects insecurity in face of the unknown, which is combined with the desires to know all, Mars in Libra reflects desires for confirmation of the knowledge or findings. It also reflects desires to have the knowledge arranged in some structural consistent and organized way: complete and ‘systematic’ knowledge which can be presented as a whole or as a body of knowledge. Being in the 10th House, Mars as a lower octave of the 3rd House Pluto reflects instinctual impulse to seek confirmation from the ‘father’ or authority figures, or society as a whole. Because the 3rd House and Pisces are dual archetypes, and Libra correlates with extremes, and because relative to the evolutionary stage Mars in the 10th House correlates with an ongoing rebellion and rage against conditioning factors, we can see that a paradoxical situation and an alternation of dynamics have been in place. The alternation has been an alternation between a dynamic of seeking validation from society, and rebelling against the need for social validation. We can see the desire for validation as connected to the South Node in the 5th House Taurus, ruled by Venus in the 3rd House Aries. Thus, desires to accommodate or confine the knowledge which the Soul is after or which is presented, to socially valid parameters. And we can see on the other hand the extreme of rebellion against validation as connected to the North Node Uranus conjunct in the 11th House Scorpio, ruled by Pluto: wanting just the knowledge, free from these types of social limitations. The alternation has also played out in another way. Because Libra correlates to giving, and not giving, and receiving and not receiving, there has been an ongoing crisis-the archetypical inconjuncts between the 3rd and the 10th Houses, and between Pisces and Libra- relating to giving or not giving, or sharing, knowledge forms, within social context, and the expectations to receive or not receive social validation or support-to be heard -Libra-by others in society. The theme of giving or sharing findings or knowledge forms is further reflected in the birthchart by Gemini being in the 7th House cusp, with Mercury in the 3rd House, and by Venus being in the 3rd House. And of course, in the Pluto/Mars relationship being within the Full phase. The potential of having the freedom to explore or to expand knowledge conditioned because of the need to present the outcome of the exploration to a social context and/or projected expectations of validation by others is also reflected in the sextile between the Sagittarius Ascendant and the Libra MC, in the Mars/Jupiter inconjunct, with the south node of Jupiter in the 1st House, and the north node of Jupiter in the 7th House; and the south node of the Libra Mars itself is in the 1st House in Sagittarius, conjunct the south node of Uranus. Also the Mercury/Lucifer opposition in Pisces Virgo, 3rd House to 9th House, squaring the 1st and 7th house cusps. Thus, there has been a conflict within the Soul revolving around sharing knowledge which can be valued by society, or being totally free to explore without needing to feed social demands and based only on the desires to know, and same time, an intellectual crisis creating doubt, that conditions both the freedom to explore new grounds, and the ways to give to others. Conditioning the exploration to a need to share with others socially has demanded to explore within parameters. An example of these parameters could be socially defined disciplines, ie. biology, or botany, zoology, geology, and the specialized methodologies and rules of each discipline. On the other extreme, rebellion against the conditioning has created a situation of having no parameters that would define the field, the subject or the methodology-Pluto in Pisces in the 3rd House-equaling confusion and difficulty to articulate any coherent knowledge form. Relative to the Moon’s nodes, thus, there have been at least four different situations in relation with sharing or not sharing, and rebelling or accepting the limitations or parameters. One situation has been defined by being limited by the desires to be validated creating a fixity in the orientation to knowledge by wanting to be an authority that conforms to, and confirms, social disciplines. Other situation has involved wanting to be an authority which however delivers forms of knowledge which are not acceptable by society, and which are totally rejected by society. A third situation has been triggered by social rejection, in which a desire has prevailed to preserve or retain the prior knowledge forms and beliefs. A fourth situation, also triggered by rejection, has been based on premature liberation from parameters leading to confusion, delusions and incoherence. There is a yod pattern focused on the South Node with the Ascendant and the MC, which reflects an intense crisis in the personality revolving around the issue of what the personal role is and how to actualize self – 5th House – in relation to the conflicting demands to be free to explore and to serve social needs. As Rad clarified, the square Mars forms with the nodes of Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in the 1st/2nd and 7th/8th Houses reflects evolutionary stress the Soul needs to address before it can move on, which it seems to me would be related to these issues, and which has been intensified because of extremes responses to the conflicting demands.
Within the paradox created because of these dynamics, a situation exists in which the Soul needs to deliver in a socially acceptable presentation knowledge forms which are essentially shocking for society itself. One specific reason for this situation and need, is rooted in a natural law I feel exists about knowledge, which demands that existing knowledge has to be shared, before the individual can gain more knowledge, as if a container needed to be emptied before it can be filled again. Rather than some specific natural law about knowledge, it would be an application of the natural law of sharing, that one has to give in order to receive. What is given is released. Thus, with the 10th House Mars being in Libra, the Soul has needed to learn what to give, and what not to give, and how to give it-what form to adopt-the 10th House and the squares to the Capricorn Moon and nodes-in order to be of benefit for society and culture. The requirement to give or share knowledge socially is obviously beyond a need for social validation or support: Mars is ruled by Venus in Aries, conjunct the 4th House cusp, Venus being the ruler of the South Node in the 5th House, and the north node of Mars is in the 4th House in Aries: thus no accommodation to expectations that would condition the knowledge, but only to the necessary forms and to existing needs, and no dependency on being personally accepted or valued. Not a matter of exchange, but rather, an inner requirement for knowledge processing within the Soul, because through the act of giving, the given is objectified and takes a definite form. Thus, if we agree that there is a collective quest of humanity to understand the place of the human species within nature, and to evolve beyond illusions, opinions, and beliefs about such place (natal Pluto 3rd House Pisces, Pluto polarity point in the 9th House), Darwin’s Soul needed to listen-Libra-what the humans, and culture, and society, needed to know, and to create a determinate and consistent effort to give to humans, culture and society the type of knowledge in an acceptable form, what they needed in order to advance in such quest.
The need for an acceptable form-10th House-in order for such knowledge to be received was emphasized because of the implied shocks that this would create, because of the necessary rebellion and deconditioning relative to prior beliefs, ie. that the human species-10th House- is just one species among others, being essentially equal among all species-Libra- having ‘quantitative’ differences but not a qualitative difference, and having evolved from ‘lower’ species. “How to tell them what they don’t want to hear, in a way they can listen to it?” How to give them what they need, but they don’t want to receive, in a way that they may be willing to accept?” becoming pregnant questions within the Soul. In order to do so, the Soul needed to become not only objective in listening to what is needed-Mars Libra trine Sun Aquarius 2nd House, North Node in the 11th conjunct Uranus-but fundamentally self-reliant and non-dependent from whatever feedback comes it way as a result from the message delivered-Mars Libra ruled by Venus in Aries, north node of Mars in the 4th House Aries, North Node in the 11th House. This seems to me as a core issue creating the evolutionary stress reflected in the Mars square to the Pluto/Saturn/Jupiter nodes. The Mars square to the south nodes of Pluto/Jupiter/Saturn in Capricorn occurring within the Last Quarter phase reflects desires to liberate from social obligations in the past that could limit the Soul’s freedom. The Mars square to the north nodes of Pluto/Saturn in Cancer occurring within the First Quarter phase reflects the ongoing intention to chose a form, a crisis involved in choosing an adequate vehicle to manifest the knowledge, observations the Soul has been collecting along lifetimes, which, even though being highly personal-First Quarter square, and further, Mars rules the 4th and 5th Houses-needs to serve the needs of the collective. Thus, the Soul is highly reflective about how to comply with this evolutionary intention-Mars 10th House, square the Capricorn 2nd House Moon, within the Crescent phase. And yet, despite the need for inner contemplation, the need is also to monitor social environment in order to evaluate what needs to be given, and how the given is received on an ongoing basis. There is evidence that Darwin felt utterly insecure about the soundness or truth of the theories he presented, and about his overall orientation to science.
It is interesting to observe some exact transits to Darwin’s birthchart at the time when Origin of the Species was first published on 24 November 1859. Transiting Pluto was Rx conjunct natal South Node, the transiting North Node was Balsamic conjunct the natal Chiron skipped steps, transiting Jupiter was Rx exactly squaring natal Mars from the natal 8th House within the Disseminating phase, transiting Mercury was New phase conjunct the south node of Mars in Sagittarius. These symbols reflect a repetition or relive of prior chapters in which the Soul needed to re-embrace the felt importance of the knowledge to be given or disseminated, versus withdrawing, and to recreate the experience of ‘shock’, thus enforcing the need for total self-reliance. When doing so, Darwin in fact carved a new discipline within an existing discipline, when laying the foundations of ‘evolutionary biology’.
Because of the specificity of this Mars leading edge intention, and the reasons for it, there’s not much freedom for random exploration, and the intentions for current lifetime are very conditioned by the past. Only freedom to do what it needed to do. The instinctive nature of the Soul is also quite restricted, and narrowed in its scope within parameters and within a need for a reflection and considered response-Mars in the 10th House Libra, Sagittarius on the 1st House cusp ruled by Jupiter in the 3rd Pisces House inconjunct Mars within the Full phase-the needs of society.
… other level of the Mars archetype relates to the sexual instinct of the Soul. Mars in the 10th House reflects a sexual nature that has been intensely repressed through patriarchal conditioning. I note that the progressed Mars went into retrograde motion when Darwin was 15/16, just entering puberty, and this is the time Darwin states his life-long health problems began. With the south node of Mars being in the 1st House Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter in the 3rd House Pisces, inconjunct Mars, there is an inherent crisis that relates to how the sexual instinct has been applied in the past, relative to changing cultural structures and taboos, and man-made religions and morals. Mars in the 10th House ruler of the 4th and 5th Houses, Mars squaring the Moon in Capricorn in the 2nd House, Mars ruled by Venus in the 3rd House Aries conjunct the 4th House cusp, and Vesta in Aries in the 4th House, relates to sexualization of relationships within links of kinship, ie. siblings. With the south node of Mars in the 1st House Sagittarius ruled by Jupiter Pisces 3rd House, this south node of Mars being conjunct the south node of Uranus in Sagittarius, with Uranus being in the 11th House Scorpio, relates to how the natural sexual instinct operated within pre-patriarchal families/groups, in which sexuality was a natural vehicle for knowledge, and sacred knowledge, and to experience union with the whole – Neptune Sagittarius is conjunct the Ascendant and trine Venus/Vesta. There’s trauma connected with how the family structure changed under patriarchal rule, and how sex with siblings and/or mother figures became taboo-Uranus 11th House Scorpio conjunct the North Node, Chiron square the nodal axis, south node of Chiron in the 4th House Aries, exactly opposed by Mars, ruled by Venus in Aries the 3rd House, Mars in the 10th House, Pluto in the 3rd House (the nature of taboos correlates with Pluto and Saturn). The stress symbolized by the Mars square to the nodes of Pluto/Saturn/Jupiter is also connected with this core issue.
There have been prior lifetimes in which the Soul rebelled against the prohibition of sex with siblings-Mars in the 10th House, ruled by Venus in the 3rd House, Venus being the ruler of the 11th House, Uranus in Scorpio in the 11th House conjunct the North Node, its ruler being Pluto in the 3rd House, Mars square the south node of Vesta. And of course there is intense past trauma originating in the outcomes of these rebellions, based on judgments rooted on patriarchal moralities, and I also see in these symbols the potential of ‘deaths’, possibly deaths of children resulting from ‘incestuous’ unions. The unions were based not only on a rebellion, but of course on compelling attractions because of prior Soul connections, and the common background between the Souls which were a source of deep security at an emotional level-Venus conjunct the 4th House cusp, conjunct Vesta in the 4th House, Cancer on the 8th House cusp, the Moon conjunct the south node of Vesta. Thus, the Mars in the 10th House cusp reflects a resulting repression and suppression of the sexual instinctual nature of the Soul, translating into submission to patriarchal sexual standards, based on the nature of these types of traumas, and deep permeating guilt within the Soul. The suppression or repression of sexual desires has created a series of manifestations along many lifetimes, including sexual confusion-south node of Mars in the 1st House ruled by Jupiter Pisces 3rd House-and confusion about gender identity. This is based on the Soul’s natural receptive-yin-nature, and natural openness to a diversity of sexual explorations, which though, has been concealed because of patriarchal conditioning in order to present an appearance-Libra- of conformity with male standards, translating most likely into a perfunctory sexuality in which the individual has desired to be accepted as ‘normal’ in sexual terms, and in which the Soul has created barriers to feeling-becoming more or less sexually frozen. Thus, the repression of sexual energy, and anal retentivity, has been a source of all types of emotional and energy distortions, and of strange sensations, angst, the panic attacks, fibromyalgia, etc. The Soul intends to integrate the female natural polarity within consciousness-Mars in Libra-and is in a process of integrating emotion back into sexual experience-north node of Mars in the 4th House, Mars square to the Cancer nodes of Pluto/Saturn- and this has needed to occur within socially acceptable parameters-Mars in the 10th House. Within the socially accepted relationships, or with itself, the Soul intends to be more free to explore and liberate existing fixations of the sexual energy-Mars trine the 2nd House Sun in Aquarius. Thus, the relationship with Emma, his first cousin. First cousins are a ‘limit’ situation in most of regulations of incest, the first accepted degree of kinship in which marriage is accepted, and thus, a situation which is generally quite uncommon to actually occur, because it is ‘almost’ taboo. Emma had Venus in Aries too, ruling her natal South Node in Taurus, and her Venus is ruled by Mars in Taurus, so her nature most likely was highly sexed and self-affirmative in sexual terms-Venus is also the ruler of her Taurus Sun which conjuncts Mars. This is not sure because I don’t know what her evolutionary state was, but the fact she accepted Charles diverging opinions points to at least some degree of individuation. Her natal Vesta is in Pisces, and falls in Charles 3rd House, and the south node of her Vesta is in Aquarius conjunct her Juno, conjuncting Charles Chiron skipped steps. The combined Venus in Aries conjuncts the Aries Sun and trines Mars in Leo, and Venus/Sun and Mars form a Gran Trine with Neptune in Sagittarius, which is ruled by Jupiter in Pisces New phase conjunct Vesta, so, we can see in these symbols the potential of prior Vesta type connections, either actual or at the level or archetypes and energy, and a sexual purpose for the relationship creating an intense flow of natural sexual energy between their Souls, serving for Charles to heal past wounds and promoting integration and ‘knowledge’.