©11-30-2010 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
Yesterday I put forth my long-held theory that the Earth itself is the ruler of Taurus rather than Venus (AstroDebate—Which Sign does Venus Really Rule?). The proposition that the Earth rules Taurus stirred up a vigorous yet respectful discussion in the comment section. For the people who were intrigued with the idea, however, it raised more questions than it answered.
First, if you’re wondering, the Earth is placed directly opposite the Sun in your chart— in the exact degree and minute of the opposite sign and house.
Thus for every aspect the Sun makes, the Earth makes a corresponding and complementary aspect. (E.g., If the Sun trines Uranus, the Earth sextiles it.)
Above is the astronomical symbol for earth—not to be confused with the glyph for the Part of Fortune, which is slightly tilted.
Here are some of the bigger life questions it raised for readers:
- What would the Earth in our charts mean?
- What qualities, needs, and urges would be attributed to it?
- What would it bring to the house placement?
- How would the sign and aspects modify it?
And perhaps most important of all, since Earth is always placed directly opposite the Sun, what does that opposition mean?
In what ways does your Earth balance your Sun? How do the realities of living on the earth in physical form create a drag on our Solar directive to express ourselves fully?
How does it ground it? And are we grounded for life? How do we individually deal with Earth’s annual cycle of seasons, and how can we use that deep rhythm wisely?
I’m not asking you to accept that the Earth rules Taurus. Why WOULD you accept it without more data? An open mind, now, that would be splendid!
It’s time the Skywriter community engaged in another fun research project like the ones on the minor aspects or accidents. What I think would be interesting and productive is for us as a group to explore our Earth placements further.
It’s only fair that I add mine. As I mentioned yesterday, my own Earth is in Capricorn in the 6th house. I have only Neptune in earth signs, so this is a welcome addition to my chart. In Capricornian fashion, I’ve worked very, very hard all my life overcoming a family background of poverty.
6th house placements can indicate working in the health professions, and almost all of my social work jobs were in health care settings, where I ended as a hospital administrator before deciding to become a full-time astrologer.
I did become prominent in our field, and my proudest contribution is a text for professionals, Counseling Principles for Astrologers. So, yes, I do think my Earth in Capricorn has a profound meaning. The opposition to my 12th house Sun is also meaningful, as my work has grounded and balanced me, forcing me to come out into the world rather than hole up in my cave like the urban hermit I am at heart.
Readers, what about you? Ask yourself the questions above and share about your own Earth in the comment section. Does the Earth seem to have a place in your chart and your life, and is this information meaningful? Does it add any new insights?
Here’s the original post–check out the lively debate in the comment section: AstroDebate—Which Sign does Venus Really Rule?
AND FINALLY: How Strong is Your Venus? Here’s the Score!
Interested in more research? Here are some places your input can make a difference:
- The series of inquiries into the “minor” aspects starts here: Understanding Septiles–Your Input Needed.
- Data on life-changing accidentsis here: Uranus in Aries—a Heads Up for the Accident Prone
- Contribute data to a research study on breast cancer here (the email is finally fixed): Breast Cancer—Can Astrological Research Help Identify At-Risk Women?
INDEX OF SKYWRITER’S 418 POSTS by category. Excellent resource for students. Save it to your hard drive rather than print it, and then all the links are live. Download it here: Articles Index Skywriter 11-2010.
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