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Psycho-quadratics: Introduction                                                Jan/2021

In ‘Psychodynamics’, we noted that Freud’s bases were ‘over-reductive’; just as science ‘over-reduces’ epistemology to the dyad, induction-deduction, Freud ‘over-reduced’ instinct to the dyad, ego-sex. The trouble with dyads is that they often take up a warlike stance. War can “unify” by eliminating opposition but “singularity” is not “integration” i.e. quadratics pave the ‘4 path’ to the “quintessential” integer, ‘5’.

Astro-diary X: ‘9-10’                                                                       Nov/2020

Jupiter forms its conjunction with Saturn once every 20 years. There is a sense in which Jupiter is ‘re-sired’ by Saturn at this time and, if we expand on this myth, it is also a time when, with the help of mother-Rhea, Jupiter-(Zeus) would do better to go into hiding until he is grown enough to overthrow his father. We don’t go so far, however, to discourage Jupiter from his modus operandi of making ‘connections’.



Psycho-quadratics IA: Psychological Types: Attitude              Feb/2021

Although we could also have accused Jung for being ‘over-reductive’ when, in 1913, he presented his “attitude types” as a dyad, extraversion-introversion, he could also have countered that, with each attitude having regressive & progressive versions, he was, in fact, presenting a quadratic. If so, a question remains: why could Jung see what so many others could not? was it because he had developed his centroversion?


Psycho-quadratics IB: Psychological Types: Function              Mar/2021

Because there are four “function types”, thinking-sensing-feeling-intuiting, the charge of being ‘over-reductive’ now appears redundant. The trouble for astrologers, however, is that, with its 12 signs expressing the 12(+?) archetypes, the zodiac asks the question: to what extent is it ‘over-reductive’ to reduce the zodiac to a cardinal-fixed-mutable ‘triad’. Answering this question leads FA-ers into ‘Empedoclean’ subtleties.


Psycho-quadratics IIA: Gender: Instinct-(Soma)                      Apr/2021

Gender is determined at both the genetic and the epi-genetic level. Freud cared little for gender genetics and this is likely why he was ‘over-reductive’ when theorizing about it. For the sake of ‘7 balance’, it is ‘more astrological’ to admit that “penis envy” could be a cover for “phallus envy” (i.e. it can afflict both men & women) and, in any case, archetypally, “penis envy” is neither stronger nor weaker than “womb envy”.


Psycho-quadratics IIB: Gender: Archetype-(Pneuma)              May/2021

Although Jung avoids the charge of being ‘over-reductive’ in respect of gender – he realized that the arrested male was haunted by his “anima” (the developing male was, by contrast, helped by her) and the arrested female was haunted by her “animus” (the developing female was, by contrast, helped by him) – he is still under-appreciated in these politically correct times that care little for any of gender’s epi-genetic levels.


Psycho-quadratics IIIA: Reproduction: Sex                               Jun/2021

Out of our Uranian, inter-net-worked civilization, new terms and phrases have appeared, not the least of which is “going viral”. Freud might have been disinterested in asexual reproduction but, to put sex in a context that would satisfy a supraverted philosopher, it is first necessary to consider the asex-sex dyad and, then, ‘raise’ biology into psychology i.e. is a ‘viral psyche’ sicker than an ‘(Oedipal) incestuous psyche’?


Psycho-quadratics IIIB: Reproduction: Love                              Jul/2021

Another dyad that could benefit by a quadratic expansion is love-antilove. One way of doing so would be to cross it with the dyad that Jung had crossed his “attitude” dyad, progression-regression, because this brings the antilove aspects of “love for all mankind” into view. To be sure, “self-love” is “narcissistic” but, if it is progressive, it can bring the path of endogamy-to-exogamy (i.e. “maturational love”) into view.  


Psycho-quadratics IVA: Myth: Poly-                                           Aug/2021

Jung saw Freud cherry-picking Greco-Roman myth i.e. Freud was altogether ‘over-reductive’ in his exclusive emphasis of Oedipus’ “family romance”. Freud didn’t make enough of the fact that, in order to refute claims that he was nothing more than a product of 19thC Vienna, millennia-old mythology would be his best ally. Those who care about ‘psycho-quadratics’ will also look to make allies out of “untrue stories”.


Psycho-quadratics IVB: Myth: Mono-                                        Sep/2021

Prefacing his view of the (crown-of)-thorny monomyth, Jung noted, “under the influence of a so-called scientific enlightenment, masses of educated people have either left the Church or become profoundly indifferent to it. If they were all dull rationalists or neurotic intellectuals, this loss would hardly be regrettable. But, many of them are religious people, only incapable of agreeing with the existing forms of belief”.


Psycho-quadratics VA: Religion East                                          Oct/2021

In discovering that time could be added to space as a 4th dimension, Einstein concluded that human experience of ‘time-flow’ was an illusion… thus, he put himself at odds with Newton and Darwin. There is, however, no mutual exclusivity that would prevent the existence of a 5th dimension where-along time could ‘flow’… nor would it prevent a 6th dimension wherefrom an I Ching could consider ‘flow’ qualitatively.


Psycho-quadratics VB: Religion West                                         Nov/2021

Although Jung tells us that it is a good sign when the centre of a mandala vision is occupied by a non-anthropological figure – e.g. no Buddha, no Christ (on the cross) – the analytic psychologist assesses the degree to which his/her client is “unconsciously identified” with the Godhead. If the degree is significant, “active identification” with a God-man becomes a semi-step in a developmental ‘right (hemispheric)’ direction.


Conclusion                                                                                      Dec/2021

Over 2021, we have been experiencing a ‘triply tricky’ Saturn-Uranus waning square (i) Saturn is also transiting Uranus-ruled Aquarius, (ii) Uranus can be ‘sterile’ in Venus-ruled signs (Aphrodite is born out of Ouranos’ castration), (iii) whatever the signs, square aspects are “hard”. Thus, the pragmatist-idealist dyad has been crying out for expansion… on Xmas eve 2021, astrologers will examine its “synchronicity”.



Astro-diary XI: the ‘4-4 interaction’                                            Jan/2022

In noting our recurrent reference to Pythagoras’ “the soul is a square” through 2021, this is a good time to review the 4th archetype’s interactive ‘double up’ e.g. Moon in Cancer. Like “consciousness” and “love”, “soul” is a word that lacks a collectively sanctioned definition. This is partly due to the fact that the 3rd archetype, in following on from the 2nd archetype, is more suited to applying appellations to tangible things.


Astro-diary XII: the ‘8-8 interaction’                                          Feb/2022

Because of the gathering of Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn in 2020, it made sense to examine the ‘10-10’, ‘10-9’, ‘10-8’ & ‘9-8’ interactions then. If, however, we apply this approach to ‘8-8’ – Pluto in Scorpio – we would have to wait until 2230. Although “patience is Virtue” whenever ‘8’ is active, we forgive ourselves for bringing things forward 208 years. 2022 is, after all, the year of the U.S.A.’s “Pluto return”.


Astro-diary XIII: the ‘12-5 interaction’                                      Mar/2022

For years now, the annual Sun-Neptune conjunction has landed in Pisces and, in turn, ‘12 dissolution’ has threatened to outweigh ‘5 integration’. The Sun’s ‘transit’ is, however, rapid enough that it only becomes ‘soggy’ for a day or so (those who have a natal Sun-Neptune aspect are not so lucky). Meanwhile, we can look to Mercury to distinguish ‘12’’s “we are all one” from ‘5’’s “(having ‘at-one-ed’) I can integrate”.


Astro-diary XIV: the ‘12-9 interaction’                                       Apr/2022

The most recent Sun-Neptune conjunction in Pisces was only one year ago. By contrast, one needs to go back to Freud’s year of birth, 1856, to find the most recent Jupiter-Neptune conjunction in Pisces (coming around again on 12/4/2022). Although Freud might have missed it, post-Jungians can use this transit to make ‘9 connections’ in respect of ‘12 feeling’’s role in the overall ‘(e)-valuation’ of the ‘(1-5)-9 intuition’.


Astro-diary XV: the ‘9-1 interaction’                                         May/2022

The intuitive activity of 29/5/2022 will be weighted toward ‘1’ i.e. ‘1 Mars’ will ‘1 conjunct’ ‘9 Jupiter’ in ‘1 Aries’. Nonetheless, this day presents the ‘9 opportunity’ to balance the “benefic” against the “malefic” in the search for a ‘neutral’ attitude to the archetype that generates the “god of war”. In turn, one could ‘1 begin’ this search by comparing “necessary suffering” (e.g. birth) to “unnecessary suffering” (e.g. war).


Astro-diary IX: ’10-10′                                                                   Oct/2020

Saturn has been transiting the sign that it rules, Capricorn, for some time now. Perhaps this discussion is a bit late but better-late-than-never because, soon, Saturn will form tricky squared aspects to Mars and Uranus (see,  ‘April/2020′). Now might also be a good time to discuss ’10’ aspecting itself because, in Libra, the Solar hero is ‘balanced’ but the scales of ’10-10′ always risk tipping too far toward conservatism.

Astro-diary VIII: ‘6-7’                                                                      Sep/2020

From 6/9/2020 to 29/9/2020, Mercury, the ruler of ‘3 Gemini’ and ‘6 Virgo’, will transit ‘7 Libra’, one of the signs ruled by Venus. Venus will return Mercury’s serve when it enters ‘6 Virgo’ on 3/10/2020. These few weeks are an opportune time to look at these dual rulerships and consider the ‘comet-like’ journey from the orbit of Saturn ‘down’ to the orbits of Venus and Mercury and, then, ‘back up’ to Saturn.

Astro-diary VII: ‘4-5’                                                                       Jul/2020

Images of the Sun and the Moon are prominent features of alchemical texts. This makes good sense especially in respect of the Sun because modern astro-physics revealed that gold is made in the stars. This year’s new Moon in Leo, on 19/8/2020, is not only <2º conjunct Mercury but also 45º semi-square Venus and, as such, Jungian analysands may experience the odd golden dream… with a hint of royal incest.

Astro-diary VI: ’12-1′                                                                        Jun/2020

Although the ’12-1 interaction’ symbolizes a willingness to dip ‘back’ into the collective unconscious, both Freudian and Jungian psychotherapists would counsel their analysands against doing so, especially if they have yet to build the ‘foundation’ for transformation in their (respective) 2nd quadrants. When built, the ‘foundation’ ensures that the opposites from the ‘deep’ can combine without making ‘war’.

Astro-diary V: ‘3-4’                                                                           May/2020

In Greek mythology, Mercury is the messenger of the gods but, in astronomy-astrology, because it is never more than 27º away from the Sun, there is a sense that Mercury is more specifically interested in messages from the Sun. If, in addition, we notice that Gemini is adjacent Cancer in the zodiac, we get a sense that Mercury’s messages from the Sun need to take the Moon’s ‘refractions’ into account.

Astro-diary IV: ‘5-11’                                                                         Apr/2020

On 26/4/20, the central Sun (Sun-Earth axis, actually) ‘transits’ to its year-in-year-out conjunction with eccentric Uranus that, for the next 7 years or so, is rolling through Taurus. The Sun’s transit will shed some springtime light on the interaction of earthy Taurus & airy Uranus. Autumntime Solar light availed on 31/10/2020 (Sun opposing Uranus) assists the preview of 2021’s earthy Saturn-square-airy Uranus.

Astro-diary III: ‘8-9’                                                                        Mar/2020

On the 5/4/20, Jupiter forms the “aspect” with Pluto that, three months prior, Saturn had formed i.e. a conjunction in Capricorn (as per ‘Jan/2020’ above). Given that a prior consideration of the meaning of Saturn-in-aspect-to-Pluto is a good idea, it is a pity that this transit peaks almost three months after ‘8-10’ rather than three months before. Still, we can recall Jupiter’s recent transit through Scorpio in 2018.

Astro-diary II: ’12-12′                                                                     Feb/2020

On 20/2/20, for the first time in some centuries, all ‘planets’ (i.e. including the Sun/Moon) will be transiting the Capricorn-to-Taurus arc of the zodiac. The Moon-Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn will ‘pick up’ Neptune in Pisces by “sextile”. This “complex” is likely to highlight the character of the ’12-12 interaction’ (e.g. Neptune in Pisces; Pisces on the 12th house cusp) and, in turn, what FA calls ‘gestationalism’.

Astro-diary I: ‘8-10’                                                                          Jan/2020

Because of its ‘double up’ of the 10th archetype, the Pluto-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn (‘8-10-1-10’) that builds through the Xmas-to-new-year period of 2020 (peaking on 12/1/20) is likely to highlight the character of all ‘8-10 interactions’ (e.g. 2001’s Saturn opposite Pluto; Saturn in Scorpio). Given Pluto’s link to regeneration and Saturn’s link to fear, it is prudent to consider the meaning of ‘8-10’ beforehand.

Introduction: Astro-diary                                                                 Dec/2019

(Freud)-astrologers are ‘interaction-ologists’. For example, we could describe the transit of Jupiter through Capricorn – beginning on 2/12/19 – as an ‘interaction’ of the 9th & 10th archetypes (i.e. a ‘9-10 interaction’). This description also applies to the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction – on the 22/12/20 – although, noting that this occurs in Aquarius, it is perhaps more accurate to call this a ‘9-10-(1)-11 complex’.