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Feminine aggressiveness (what has astrology taught me)!

(photo courtesy: "Psychology Today" magazine -  "Bullying in the female world" by Ditta M. Oliker)

Feminine aggressiveness! Well, that’s a term you probably never heard before. It might even upset some of you. How can one characterize aggressive the energy that we all know as maternal, receptive and tender? And how can the feminine energy manifest itself in a “bad” and aggressive way (under certain circumstances)? And so “badly” and aggressively as the masculine one? Personally I was not aware of this kind of “feminine aggressiveness” until I discovered its existence through Astrology!

Some ten years ago I was writing an article on the six zodiacal “Pairs” (which was published in 2004 on the historical “American Astrology” magazine. You may read it here). As I was beginning to conceptualizing this article I realized that there is in nature a particular “feminine selfishness” that is equivalent – but not identical – to the masculine one. And consequently there is a feminine kind of aggressiveness corresponding to the masculine one! They both have the same intensity but they are actually developing in “different phases” (I am explaining this further on)!

Astrology might be of help to us here, because the very zodiac is somehow built upon this “masculine – feminine” pattern. You probably know that the zodiac is symmetrically composed of six masculine and six feminine signs. Aries is a masculine sign, Taurus is a feminine one, Gemini is a masculine sign, Cancer a feminine one and so on. On my aforementioned “American Astrology” article I was depicting the masculine signs as “mountains” and the feminine ones as sort of gorges or “ravines”. Thus, we might picture the masculine aggressiveness as a “mountainous” one and the feminine aggressiveness as one that emulates the “concavely” traits of a ravine!

Let’s take a person traveling in a varied landscape, on a clear day. S/he can easily spot the mountains around him/her, because they are prominent, obvious and explicit! Similarly, we can all perceive easily and IMMEDIATELY the masculine type of aggressiveness! Just picture somebody shouting loud at you or violently pushing you, in front of other people. That’s masculine aggressiveness alright! What about the feminine aggressiveness though? What would they be its key characteristics?

I began my quest on this subject by considering the feminine aggressiveness as a “ravine” kind of aggressiveness. When we are traveling it’s hard to spot the eventual ravines in our landscape. And if we are careless enough we might even fall in one of them, before even realizing that there was a ravine in front of us!

This means that the feminine aggressiveness is somehow invisible to our social environments. And although it is absolutely equal to the masculine one (they are both equally aggressive but they don’t seem so because their “phases” and “polarities” are opposite), it’s not easily perceived and thus is not evaluated as an acutely aggressive energy! In reality the feminine aggressiveness (called “passive aggression” in psychology) works in rather IMPLICIT ways, moving through corridors that are hidden and behind the curtains. Thus, the feminine aggressiveness is somehow “silent”, not leaving obvious “trails” externally!

We need though to clarify something here: when we talk about the “feminine energy” we do not refer exclusively to women. Many men (even the allegedly “macho” ones) have prominent “feminine” energies in their charts and thus may resort to feminine aggressiveness!

The “Ego” drive (as defined by astrology)

It is imperative for each person to be special, unique, self-sufficient and secure, to have stamina and momentum, to impose its own interests and to dominate as much as it can the people and the situations around it. If the average Joe/Jane lacked an elementary strong “Ego” then s/he would be “crashed” by the multiple external pressures s/he would be constantly receiving in life. This process of building and strengthening a human being’s “Ego”, of achieving his/her individualization and “diversification”, is supervised by the first two signs of the zodiac: by Aries (which is a “masculine” sign) and by Taurus (a “feminine” sign). The secret now is that the aforementioned process is handled by the signs of Aries and Taurus “in tandem” – by splitting that is the process in half and by assigning to Aries its masculine “phase” and to Taurus its feminine phase! The signs of Aries and Taurus (and all the remaining adjacent signs) are in reality astrological “Pairs”, small “wholenesses”, two equal but opposite – complementary “polarities”.

Regarding Aries we can easily understand why it is considered the sign of “Ego”, the sign impersonating the overt aggression: it is a masculine sign ruled by the belligerent planet Mars. What about Taurus though? How can a “low key” feminine sign – ruled by the planet Venus – be so selfish and eventually belligerent? Is there indeed a feminine ego? Astrology is telling us that there is – and that it is as acute as the masculine one! If the masculine Ego is manifested through overt aggressiveness – by even being an all too clear “bully” – the female selfishness is mostly manifested through INERTIA and self-protection, through hidden and somehow “manipulative” behaviors and actions!

Feminine aggressiveness entails the art of “invisibly acting”, of not participating in those situations that are not yielding some kind of gain (emotional, financial etc.) to the individual! Under this point of view we might say that the insecure, “feminine Ego” is habitually fudging things up, resorting to a skillful “imbroglio”, to a smooth “withdrawal” and “absenting” every time it faces a non convenient situation!

Actually, the sign of Taurus is representing – in the most archetypal way – this kind of “feminine Ego”! Don’t get me wrong though here. Not all Tauruses are by definition “femininely aggressive”. Moreover, we should not forget that there is in literature the notorious “feathered Bull”, representing a spiritual, elevated human being! Actually, the raw, unrefined Tauruses are the ones that tend to be extremely egotistical and consequently “femininely aggressive”. You see, the feminine “Ego” is somehow urging the person to act “invisibly”, “behind the curtains”, to promote his/her own “plan” while keeping at a minimum level the expenditure of energies (sentimental, financial ones etc.) – especially when forced to participate in non desirable activities that seem unprofitable to the person.

An individual partaking to the “raw, unrefined Taurean type” is usually avoiding to employ overt acts of selfishness and aggression. If there isn’t around some crucial reason s/he will religiously abstain from any action that might visibly upset the energies in his/her environment (not necessarily out of  “goodness” but because s/he is aware that s/he will be immediately targeted by the people around him/her – and that would mean a lot of hostility and aversion thrown over him/her. The feminine energy is “ever self-protecting, ever preserving its own self” – meaning that the people representing it are fully aware of how important it is to act silently and behind the curtains, without overtly provoking the others.

Thus the “raw Taurus type of individual” is generally displaying a meek and polite face outwards. But if it encounters a situation that ultimately jeopardizes his/her own personal interests (i.e. if s/he must financially assist someone or house needy people) then most probably such an individual will attempt to skillfully withdraw him/herself from the “acting stage” without being noticed – so that s/he ultimately protects his/her own interests and does not suffer the slightest loss or “damage”. And s/he will do this without apparently squabbling nor displaying any explicit aggressiveness or violence towards anyone. Simply, s/he will skillfully withdraw from any perilous to his/her own interests scene…

This kind of withdrawal though, this “silent refusal” to partake i.e. in a charitable activity is a sign of strong selfishness – and therefore of aggressiveness towards the people involved in that activity. Of course the “raw Taurean type of individual” did not swear at someone, nor s/he violently pushed anybody. Indirectly, however, s/he behaved as if s/he had sworn at them or as if s/he had violently pushed them away! Actually s/he did behave aggressively towards the people around him/her but without offering them any tangible “handle”, without leaving any visible “trail” so that they promptly recognize how aggressively s/he behaved! That’s “feminine aggression” in a nutshell !

The art of maneuvering without leaving trails

The fact that the “feminine Ego” works in implicit ways – meaning that it cannot be easily spotted as aggressive by the others – does not automatically render it inoffensive and less “mean”… In reality it is as powerful and “mean” as the masculine one, as the “raw Ariettid” kind of selfishness. Let’s make a “thought experiment” and set two individuals – each representing a “polarity” – in a controlled (i.e. business) environment, with identical provocative stimuli. An “astrologically masculine” individual will react to the negative stimuli most probably by shouting loud, by over-gesturing or even by overtly behaving violently. But in such an instance the prominently masculine individual would have totally exposed himself, disclosed his/her intentions and attracted hostility from the people around him/her!

Instead, the prominently feminine individual would have more methodically and carefully promoted his personal interests – without overexposing himself/herself and without attracting too much aversion and hostility. Such a person (even if physically present) will be skillfully “absenting” any situation not yielding a meaningful benefit to himself/herself  – no matter how critical this situation might be to some other people. Only in time – and only by those who delve deeper in human interactions – the full extent of the incident will be revealed and only then the participants will realize how selfishly the “raw Taurean type of person” behaved!

Therefore, we should define as selfish and aggressive not only those people who are overtly behaving in an aggressive manner but those people too who are intentionally “withdrawing” and “absenting” in critical to their fellow-humans situations, all those individuals who are not there when the people around them need them the most. Any person not helping his/her fellow humans – in the name of not minimally jeopardizing his/her own personal interests – should be considered a selfish and aggressive person!

Whenever someone remains silent and uninvolved is front of a critical situation, of an emergency, of an injustice committed in his/her own vicinity, then that person is actually displaying a “femininely aggressive” behavior! Whenever i.e. a wealthy person is not assisting the needy people around him/her – for example the unemployed ones who cannot afford even their daily bread – then this wealthy person is employing a “feminine aggressiveness” towards his/her fellow humans (and society in general). The feminine aggression is not easily spotted by third parties as the “perpetrator” might employ highly manipulative behaviors.

How many times i.e. have you been confronted with a person who has (directly or indirectly) wronged you (or wronged somebody else), who has behaved in a acutely selfish manner (although covertly, so that nobody recognizes it as such) and who not only is stubbornly refusing to acknowledge his/her wrong doing but is skillfully trying to reverse the situation, by putting you down and leading you into an disadvantageous, defensive state (adding thus insult to the injury)…

In front of such a person – and his/her humongous hypocrisy – you might lose your temper and start yelling and gesturing. And then YOU will be the one looking aggressive in the eyes of the people around you! In such a way the “prominently feminine” person will have managed to doubly victimize you – while thanks to his/her own “manipulative” skills s/he will be projecting a “goody two shoes” image to the people around! This kind of behavior is immensely aggressive but in a convert, feminine manner! Meaning that it might not look aggressive in the eyes of any third party – who may ultimately target you as the aggressive person!

To put it in the words of the clinical psychologist and “Psychology Today” author Ditta M.Oliker: 

“What struck me as I was watching the film “The Help” is how it also dramatically and effectively captures the emotional and psychological violence of social aggression, including the sting and cruelty of the verbal “weapons” women use. The words now associated with female aggressive behavior include: excluding, ignoring, teasing, gossiping, secrets, backstabbing, rumor spreading and hostile body language (i.e., eye-rolling and smirking).  Most damaging is turning the victim into a social “undesirable”. 

The behavior and associated anger is hidden, often wrapped in a package seen as somewhat harmless or just a “girl thing”. The covert nature of the aggression leaves the victim with no forum to refute the accusations and, in fact, attempts to defend oneself leads to an escalation of the aggression.  What the film doesn’t show though is that the effects of social aggression can be longer lasting and more damaging than physical aggression. Since the “weapons” have a stealth nature to them, there is less possibility of anticipating the specifics of an attack and fewer actions to defend against an attack.

Personally, I would like to stress once more the fact that the feminine aggression is not limited to women but it extends to the “astrologically feminine men” too. If this is still a “neologism” to you, here is my definition of it: An “astrologically feminine” person is the one having in his/her chart as many as possible of the preconditions described below (the more such preconditions s/he has the more “astrologically feminine” s/he is. Points 1 and 2 should be considered the most critical):

  1. A predominance of feminine signs.
  2. A feminine houses emphasis
  3. Many “feminine planets” in the angles of  their charts
  4. A feminine “supremacy” over the planetary aspects of his/her chart etc.

(Note: the term “astrologically feminine” does not coincide with the term “effeminate”. In reality, there are many “astrologically feminine” macho men out there…)

In the final analysis, we are all  familiar with the bitter “taste” of feminine aggression, as we are experiencing it – more or less- often  in our everyday lives. It is a particular kind of methodically structured and veiled aggression that is not easily perceived externally. And that’s exactly what makes it dangerous, the fact that it is an extremely sharp and corrosive type of aggression that our societies have not still fully acknowledged!

As I already mentioned, the feminine aggression is more directly linked to the sign of Taurus (but not all Tauruses are femininely aggressive) and to the feminine signs in general (think i.e. of a Cancer or Scorpio. They are capable of “tuning” themselves to very “femininely aggressive” frequencies)! And as I repeatedly pointed out, the “feminine aggression” is not limited just to women but it extents to all men having predominantly “feminine” energies in their charts.

Thomas Gazis
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The “Polarization Effect” in Psychological Astrology

The “Polarization Effect” is a particular pattern in the chart that although is crucial it goes largely unnoticed by the astrologers. I have been studying this pattern for many years, in my consultations and Psychological Astrology courses. Actually, I had published this article 3 years ago but lately some new evidence came to my hands so I think it worths re-publishing it.

It all started some 20 years ago, with a client I was about to receive. All his personal planets were forming a stellium in Leo and his Moon was in Aries, so I was anticipating a person with a brilliant, strong, self asserting personality. When the door bell rang, I was expecting to see a sort of “Alexander the Great” stepping into my office! And in fact he had the “Al Pacino” type of face (“macho”, with “angles” on it). To my utter amazement though I realized, as the consultation was going on, that he was rather insecure and fragile! He was receiving back then some hard planetary aspects alright, but by no means were these aspects that disruptive to justify his actual state.

His case puzzled me profoundly and when he left I immediately started analyzing his chart again, trying to figure out where I was wrong, as the reality of my coustomer – the way I experienced it of course – was not matching his chart. When it suddenly hit me! All his Leo planets were in his Eleventh House and his Aries Lunar energy in his Seventh House! His strong Leonian energies were struggling to cope with the absolutely opposite Aquarian – Eleventh House ones (and his Aries energies the ones of his Seventh House). His everyday reality (dictated mostly by the planetary energies residing in his Houses) was constantlly contrasting the Cosmic archetypes embedded in him (since such archetypes are dictated to us humans by the unique arrangement of our planets within the 12 signs of our chart. A strong “Houses vs Signs” controversy rises here)! Thus, a huge amount of the abundant fiery energies of this man was destined to be consumed and “dissipated”, as this person was constantly struggling to bridge in himself two different and largely colliding worlds!

You may read the whole article here

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THE “POLARIZATION EFFECT” IN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASTROLOGY – CASE STUDIES

                                                          (By Thomas Gazis)

The “polarization effect” method is opening us some new horizons in the interpretation of the so called “polarized” charts! It is a method that has a lot of potential especially within the field of psychological astrology.

The first insight of this theory came to me some 20 years ago, thanks to a client of mine. He called me to arrange an appointment and he provided me his data. His chart impressed me, because all his personal planets were in Leo (forming a Stellium) and his Moon was in Aries, so I was anticipating a person with a brilliant, strong, self asserting personality. When the door bell of my office rang, I was expecting to see a sort of “Alexander the Great” stepping in! And in fact he had the “Al Pacino” type of face (strong, radiant, with “angles”). To my utter amazement though, I realized – as the consultation was going on – that he was rather insecure and fragile! Surely he was receiving by then some hard planetary aspects, but by no means were these aspects that disruptive to justify his actual state. His case puzzled me profoundly and when he left I immediately started re-analyzing his chart, trying to figure out where I was wrong – as the reality of my customer apparently did not match his chart.

And then it suddenly hit me! All his Leo planets were in his Eleventh House while his Aries Lunar energy was focused into his Seventh House! I sensed some sort of contradiction there. Somehow his strong Leonean energies were struggling to cope with the absolutely opposite “Aquarian” – Eleventh House ones (and in an analogous mode, his Aries energies were struggling to cope with the ones of his Seventh House). There was a major battle there since this “sign vs. house” polarization in his chart was turning the everyday reality of this man (expressed by his houses) against the very Universal archetypes imprinted in him (expressed by the zodiacal positions of his planets)! Thus, a huge amount of his abundant fiery energies was consumed and “dissipated”, as this person was constantly struggling to bridge in himself two diametrically opposite worlds!

I have personally coined a term for this phenomenon: I call it the “polarization effect”! Intimidating as it might sound, it actually describes a very simple condition: a planet in a given sign being simultaneously in the “opposite” House. Of course there isn’t such a thing as a House “opposite” to a sign. For the sake of simplicity though, by the term “a House opposite to a sign” we mean here “the House that corresponds to the diametrically opposite sign of the one we are referring to”! To give you an example, if somebody has his/her Sun in Aries and simultaneously in his/her Seventh House (the Seventh House corresponds to the sign of Libra, the sign diametrically opposite to Aries in the zodiac cycle), then s/he has a “polarized” Sun! The Moon in Taurus in the Eight House is “polarized”. Mars in Gemini in the Ninth is “polarized” etc. Thus, if we encounter many “polarized” planets in a chart then we call that chart “polarized”

– Britney Spears: not exactly a lucky beggar!

Few people will deny the fact that the well known pop idol Britney Spears has been through some kind of ordeal in her life. Although young, rich and famous she does not seem to be very happy, going through continuous stages of psychological breakdowns, addictive behavior etc. Allegedly she suffers from “Bipolar Disorder”, which is a major mental disorder, sending the patient to extremes ranging from (depressive) immobility and “mutism” to (manic) over-mobility and garrulity. Apparently Britney is having a certain difficulty in pulling herself together and getting a grip on life. She got married twice and divorced, she gave birth to 2 children but lost the custody of both, plus she lost (by a juridical decision) the control of her assets!

A fundamental astrological axiom claims that the chart should reflect its owner’s reality. So, with all these heavy conditions that Britney Spears is facing in her life it would be natural to presume that she has a “heavy” chart. We might have anticipated i.e. discordant aspects on her Luminaries (Sun, Moon), eventually a pivotal Neptune, an 8th or 12th House emphasis etc. Nope, not at all! Britney Spears chart seems to be one of the “smoothest”! You can see it for yourself (born 2 December 1981, 1:30 am, McComb Mississippi):

Her Sun is in the so called “lucky” sign of Sagittarius and receives no major hard aspects at all. Her Moon in Aquarius not only is not receiving any hard aspects but it even forms an harmonic aspect to Saturn. In addition, her Sun and Moon form a Sextile aspect (her “Lights” are 60 degrees apart and this in astrology is considered a positive agent). Not to mention that her Moon is in the warm, vivacious, “solid” and powerfully self-asserting Fifth House. This chart seems to belong to a happy person, having a rather easy life. But it does not reflect Britney Spears’ tormented life. Apparently we are missing something here!

There must be some crucial element in this chart that we apparently overlook. Indeed if we search better we will iencounter some hard configurations. First of all, she has a Libra Ascendant (which apparently partakes to the overall “easy going” chart pattern of hers). The planet ruling her Ascendant is Venus. And as you probably know, the planet ruling the Ascendant is of uttermost importance in the chart! So, it doesn’t surprise us much the fact that her chart’s ruler (Venus, in the 25th degree of Capricorn) is forming a PERFECT (partile) square aspect to Pluto (in the 25th degree of Libra)! Pluto is well known in Astrology for causing (when adversely triggered) huge existential crises, frequent psychological breakdowns, extreme events in life, loss of assets and any kind of ordeals. And in Britney’s case Pluto is pivotal, both because it is in her First House (in conjunction to her neighboring Saturn) and because it forms an aspect to her Sun.

And there are other configurations we did not pay enough attention to previously, as they are considered “secondary” ones (not to mention difficult to spot by the eye). We are talking here about her two characteristic semi-square aspects (a semi-square is a 45 degrees angle formed between 2 planets in the chart). Actually, Britney’s Sun stands in the very middle of her Venus – Pluto aforementioned square (right on her Venus/Pluto midpoint – to use the proper astrological term). To make it simpler, her Sun forms a perfect semi-square aspect to her Pluto, while at the same time it forms a perfect semi-square to her Venus. There is some strange geometry going on here, as all these planets (Pluto, Sun, Venus) are positioned in perfect angular distances in the zodiac cycle. That is why – although the semi-square aspect is considered a secondary one – we have to pay particular attention to it. Semi-squares are considered difficult aspects, bringing conflict and stress to people.

So, the rare delineation we just examined partially explains Britney’s ordeal. Add to it the fact of her 12th House Mars forming a square to her Neptune. As Mars is the ruler of her Seventh house, we can see her dismal relations clearly depicted in this “double whammy” aspect (Mars in the 12thHouse and at the same time in square to her Neptune, the ruler of the 12th House).

But still there is something missing here! If we thoroughly study any given person’s chart we might find similar or even heavier planetary configurations. The average person though seems to cope far better under such aspects than Britney Spears does, not getting immersed in such a gloomy and unhappy situation, not leading such a precariously balanced life style. Definitely there must be some other element in her chart bringing forth major personality disorders. And indeed there is one! The “polarization effect” we mentioned before!

There is a particular Ascendant that causes the strongest “polarization effect” in a chart: the Libra one! Mysteriously, the sign of harmony and balance causes – when it is the Ascendant of the individual – the strongest imbalances. Chances are that an Aries with a Libra Ascendant will have his/her Sun in the Seventh House, a Taurus with a Libra Ascendant will have his/her Sun in the Eight House, a Gemini in the Ninth and so on! And the fact is that when somebody has a Libra Ascendant not only his/her Sun but most of his/her planets will be probably “polarized”.

There are of course cases where an Aries individual has a Libra Ascendant but his Sun lies in the Sixth House instead of the Seventh – and this of course does not make his/her Sun “polarized”. On the other hand, an Aries with a Virgo Ascendant might have his/her Sun in his Seventh House. Thus, not ALL Libra Ascendants produce a strong “polarization effect” while some Virgo Ascendants might produce one (the Virgo Ascendant is the second best “polarizing” Ascendant). It always depends on the interaction between the House cusps and the specific degrees each planet is in.

Now, all these years that I have been studying people’s charts I realized that this “polarization effect” is CRUCIAL and it can produce huge tensions, inner conflicts, imbalances, confusion and even mental disorders to individuals otherwise having very energetic and balanced charts, eventually leading them to a certain degree of of “existential tension” and even to existential “paralysis”.

Iin Britney’s case we are astonished by the many “polarization effect” elements she has in her chart! Her Sun is in Sagittarius but in the “opposite” to Sagittarius Third House! Her Moon is in Aquarius but in the “opposite” Fifth House. Her Mercury is in Sagittarius but in the Third House. Her Venus is in Capricorn but in the “opposite” Fourth House. Her Mars is in Virgo but in the “opposite” Twelfth House. And the same goes for her Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto! In fact THE WHOLE CHART of Britney Spears is “polarized”. This amazingly rare configuration produces a huge split in her personality and explains very satisfactorily Britney’s behavior, life style and general ordeal. And it does this so effectively that no other method comes even close to it!

– Kurt Cobain and a schizophrenic patient

Let’s study another – rather tragic – case: the one of the singer with the “angelic” face Kurt Cobain – the leading guitarist and singer of the very popular group back in the ‘90’s “Nirvana”. Cobain allegedly suffered from bipolar disorder as well. For years he was addicted to heroin. He was a shy and reserved person (his Sun was in Pisces, in the Sixth House. His Moon was in Cancer). He took his life at the age of 27 by shooting himself with a gun he pointed at his head.
Cobain has a largely “polarized” chart (his Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars and Pluto are all polarized as you can see below):

Our next case has a «spaghetti» flavor. In an interesting article entitled “Astrological research on Schizophrenia”, the prominent Italian astrologer Ciro Discepolo analyzes what he considers to be a typical chart of a person suffering from a schizophrenic disorder. Although Discepolo pinpoints and describes accurately all the significant aspects on the chart of this patient he totally misses the “Polarization pattern” which is evident in it (you may read his article – in English – here: http://www.cirodiscepolo.it/english_corner/schizophrenia.htm)

The chart of the schizophrenic patient:

We have a strong polarization effect here as both his Luminaries and all the other planets (except Mercury and Jupiter) are polarized. In addition, his Sun is “double-whammy” polarized, being in Taurus but at the same time in the “opposite” to Taurus Eight House and in a partile conjunction to Uranus, a planet totally alien to Taurus and related (by the Argentinean school of Psychological Astrology) to schizophrenia!

IMPORTANT: If you – or someone you know – has a strong “Polarization Effect” in his/her chart it does not necessarily mean that s/he is going to get suicidal or schizophrenic. It rather means that s/he has to skillfully bridge two opposite forces in himself/herself. And ultimately this process might transform him totally and enrich him/her enormously!

– Franco and Caligula

Keeping now in mind this “polarization effect” it gets easier to explain charts that do not make sense otherwise. Take the case of the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco for example. We couldn’t otherwise understand why a benevolent Sagittarius with an inconspicuous Moon in Gemini and a Virgo Ascendant became such a cruel dictator. Pluto is aspecting both his “Lights” alright (and Plutonian people may display fascist behavior piece of cake) but I don’t think this element – on its own – explains why this person ultimately became dictator Franco. We understand far better his nature though when we realize that his chart is highly polarized.

Last but not least, the chart of a notorious Roman emperor often described as “insane”. I am referring to Caligula. You may see his chart below. Both his Luminaries (his Sun and Moon) and additionally his Mercury, Mars and Saturn are polarized!

From my own experience, I can attest that I have encountered rather often this “polarization effect” in the charts of people with mental disorders. It seems that when someone is bounded in his/her life by many aggravating factors then this configuration somehow takes a major hold on him/her. Then the task of “transmuting” this configuration might get beyond the individual’s means. And if “unharnessed” and brought to such a critical level, the polarization effect unleashes certain very corrosive and disintegrating to the personality energies.

There is a certain “gradation” to this polarization effect. The strongest polarization occurs when both the Luminaries and a certain number of planets are polarized. If only one Luminary and some planets are polarized then we have a relatively minor polarization – but still we are worried about the polarized Luminary. When none of the Luminaries is polarized then the individual might not suffer a major “disruption” in his life but only in certain areas of his life. A minor polarization occurs when only a couple of planets (and no Luminary) are polarized.

Sometimes this “effect” might manifest under a slightly different form. In Hitler’s case i.e. his Capricorn Moon is tightly conjuncting his natal Jupiter. But this Saturnian – Jupiterian “coniunctio” is a sort of “polarization” too (Jupiter’s and Saturn’s energies are considered “opposite”). Thus, while almost everybody else (outside Germany) saw Hitler as an utterly cruel person he probably perceived himself as a rather “nice guy”! This is the polarization’s weird effect.

So, the “polarization effect” acts in a very powerful and disruptive ways in a chart. After studying it for many years I came to the conclusion that it matches the other infamous “personality disrupting agent”, the Sun – Moon tight square. Thus, I firmly believe that we Astrologers should place this “polarization effect” method among our main interpretation tools!

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