While astrologers might quibble back and forth over which constellations are superior – tropical or sidereal whether applied to Vedic interpretations or not, they might be missing an important point: All constellations work. In creative circles it is said that life imitates art – and it does. In our circles we must remind ourselves, “As Above, So Below.”
This past hot summer while enduring the transit Pluto aligning with my natal Mars, the local news alerted us to an emergency in our neighborhood. Lo and behold, the sign off report rendered by local newscasters cautioned of a gas explosion in an underground sewer line in our neighborhood that caused evacuations less than a mile away. Sure enough, with a quick dash into the yard it was easy to see emergency lights slicing into the dark of night. For the longest time, emergency vehicles and personnel scurried this way and that way, quelling the threat.
After a while of scanning what adorned the near horizon, the sky ultimately recaptured my attention. There, cruising along the ecliptic and directly above the incident, the constellation Scorpio cast its stars. What makes this detail evocative originates within the assignment astrologers give Scorpio, who receives modern rulership from Pluto, lord of the underworld, in this case the underground. As well, Scorpio rules the process of elimination and directly refers to excrement and matters related to its disposal, in this case the sewer line. While this same constellation within a month was the overseer of an enormous recycling plant fire and the portal through which the Space Shuttle and International Space Station could be seen flying (I can’t remember if this was the broken toilet time frame for the ISS), the constellation Scorpio certainly demonstrated its vast array of symbolic earthly significance.
Of course, we normally think of Scorpio as part of our astrology. The truth is that all constellations and their ecliptical equivalent have import. Just because the more inclined constellations lie above or below the zodiac minimizes their significance is not diminished. As well, the planets and moon often travel above and below the perimeters of the actual zodiac constellations. With newcomer Eris and her 44 + degree inclination, her constellational range is the most vast of any solar system body. Consider that even within the more classical bodies the passage into non-zodiac constellations is common. The Moon calls six constellations other than the traditional zodiac home. The visible planets visit twelve constellations besides those in the zodiac. Pluto, the previously most inclined planet, plunders the domain of a total of forty-one constellations in his passage around the Sun!
A case in point occurred last week as Mars transited sidereal Gemini/tropical Cancer. Just after sundown I decided to walk about the property. This is the desert and we frequently encounter snakes, coyotes, javelina, rabbits, bats, hawks, lizards and occasionally a special treat. This was such an evening. I walked around the edge of the house to come face to face with a bobcat (lynx). We stood observing each other for no less than seven minutes at a mere distance of about twenty feet. He did not run or seem threatened. So I talked with my visitor, indicating the wild cat (also the totem animal of the local university’s sports teams) was welcome as long as s/he did not bother our domestic cats. The lynx’s ears twitched back and forth, presumably taking in the terms of visitation.
Naturally such an extended event with a wild animal stands out as remarkably singular. After days of pondering the significance of the event, a noninterpretative detail occurred to me. Something must have been in the constellation Lynx. Sure enough, though Mars by transit was in one of two traditional zodiacal signs, he marched across the sky directly under the reign of the constellation Lynx. (Star Map below is for the date/time of the encounter)
Maybe the significance was the most simple reminder: As Above, So Below.