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1. The natural ruler of each house is derived by placing Aries on the Ascendant, Taurus on the 2nd-house cusp, etc. The three earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) naturally rule the 2nd, 6th, and 10th houses, respectively.

2. Transiting Saturn squares natal Mars from January 9 – June 8, 2004, and natal Neptune from June 25 – July 26, 2004; transiting Jupiter trines Mercury from September 10–20, 2004, and transits the 2nd house from October 22, 2004 – November 17, 2005; using 2° orbs.

3. Learn more about the Progressed Lunation Cycle from The Lunation Cycle: A Key to Understanding of Personality by Dane Rudhyar, Aurora Press, 1967 and in the article, An Overview of Dane Rudhyar’s Approach to Cycles (TMA, 2/98), by Nicki Michaels.

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Sisyphus Redux
From The Mountain Astrologer, August-September 2004 (1)

Q.  I have been plagued repeatedly in my life by losing all my assets. I go from excelling in my field to losing everything. I am a university-educated, hardworking, high-IQ person who has a history of excellence followed by failures. It is like that god destined to roll a rock to the mountaintop only to have it roll back down, then to start again. My career in sales is in shambles. I’m about to go bankrupt, and if it were not for my girlfriend, I would be on the street. Is this ever going to stop, and is there anything that I can do to correct this?
Sisyphys Redux

A.   This exhausting cycle of making it big, losing it all, and starting again is understandably taking its toll on you. Your 6th-house Sun–Jupiter conjunction trine 10th-house Uranus shows great capacity for worldly success, which is further supported by the Sun–Jupiter trine to 2nd-house planets. These three houses, naturally ruled by the earth signs,1 represent your high potential for achievement.

There are two factors involved in your reversals of fortune: First, your natal Sun–Jupiter opposite Pluto in the 12th can indicate extremes beyond your control — in your case, making and then losing social stature and wealth. Then, there’s your t-square involving Uranus in the 10th (fluctuating career), your 4th-house Capricorn Moon (security issues), and your 2nd-house Mars conjunct the South Node and Neptune (much capacity for wealth-building but difficulty holding onto it). The South Node, along with the outer planets in these two configurations, bestows the fated feeling on this pattern — thus, the Sisyphean archetype.

Birth Chart: Sisyphus Redux
Natal Chart - Sisyphus Redux
Source: Hospital Records

Thankfully, the Sun’s trine to 10th-house Uranus allows you to successfully recreate your career, while the Sun–Jupiter trine to your 2nd-house planets supports rebuilding your fortune — albeit at great personal cost. Clearly, the need to shift this pattern is paramount.

Demanding as this is, I ask you to step back from your immediate, rather dire financial circumstances to view the bigger picture, since the answer to this dilemma is simple though challenging. Your 10th-house Uranus shows humanitarian capacities, which you may have not yet fully developed in the pursuit of wealth. What if your career were also your spiritual path — your True Calling? Along with rebuilding your sales career, discover how to apply your talents toward serving a higher good and (as they say) the money will follow. You can make it so by harnessing the force of Uranus and Pluto in this way, and thus reverse this difficult lifelong pattern.

This transformation is a stretch. Your current dilemma is scary, and at your age (mid 50s), of course, you must recoup your financial losses as quickly as possible; so, rebuild your finances first. There’s planetary support for this during July, when transiting Saturn (restriction) completes the square (challenge) to your 2nd- house planets (money) and in mid September when transiting Jupiter (opportunity) trines (supports) 10th-house ruler Mercury (career), then entering you 2nd house in October, offering the possibility of expanding financial resources.2 But ultimately, in order to thwart your karmic pattern, a whole new plan is called for: either a new career or a significant commitment to a social cause outside of work. As you move down the path of discovery, ask yourself: “What is my true calling?”

You are approaching the Last Quarter phase in the 30-year progressed lunation cycle3 (August, 2005), which is a directive to re-evaluate the entire past 21 years and to let go of what does not fully align with the new, emerging vision for your life. The next year offers the perfect opportunity to begin this realignment. Don’t be afraid to plan big changes; if you continue to maintain faith, you will find your way.

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