©4-14-11 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
The Skywriter community has been conducting an intensive study of quincunxes in the natal chart and by transit. The comment sections on this series of posts almost became a self-help workshop as Readers analyzed how their quincunxes worked and shared how they dealt with the tensions of this aspect. Collected here are some of their healing suggestions.
Kelly has Mars in Gemini quincunx Neptune in Scorpio: “My journey has included incorporating mindful warrior energy into my life and walking the path of the warrior with my children. We all do mixed martial arts. Also, I distribute legal resources to clients of a social service agency so I rescue those in need of help. The line between clients and helpers is often blurry.”
LB suggests the use of Reiki and other energy work to harmonize the energies of the two planets: “I’ve definitely learned with my quincunxes that anytime I try to satisfy one planet while denying the other, I’m left frustrated and confused. So in that respect, it’s much healthier for me to surrender it all to a higher will (a.k.a. Universal LOVE) where issues can be resolved in a way that isn’t either/or. ”
Tamara suggested people do my planetary strength tests to see which of the two planets in the quincunx is dominant. (Take the Planetary Tests) Then you’d want to find ways to support the lower-scoring planet’s wants and needs to keep it happy.
Fabienne says, “I noticed that the quincunx seems to operate by instinct and intuition. And eventually I will get where I wanted to go, if I was able to formulate my goals. Just don’t ask me how I got there. No clue. “
And I replied, “Very interesting. It sounds like you are saying quincunxes are self-correcting in some way.”
To Tatiana, who was playing out an imagined dialogue between a natal quincunx between two planets now being set off by transits, I replied, “You’re having a productive dialogue between two parts of yourself. One thing you can do, folks, is to write out the dialogue and just see what develops.
“Or get an astrology buddy to play it out with you in Astrodrama style, each of you taking the role of one of the planets. The planets will speak up if you’re willing to listen.”
Judith says, “My son made a joke that I thought captured one possible avenue of riding the dynamism of a quincunx.
“He said maybe what people call “finding God” happens when they keep going at something in a persistent and focused, but not dogged or obsessive manner all the while saying to themselves, ‘no way; no way’.
“Then, one day, without having a clue how exactly it happened, they have reached that ‘no way’ place and then they have to say Yah-weh!”
“It seems to me that there are no two more dissimilar entities than one’s head and one’s heart and that whatever helps in the harmonization of those two, is essentially what allows for flow in a quincunx or yod. Humour, joy, gratitude, reverence; wisdom disguised as folly–those are the big ones for me.”
Commenting on Charles Jayne’s observation that the quincunx’s tension is often relieved through humor, CJ Wright says, “I love the example of William Shatner, with his Sun-Neptune quincunx. Maybe that’s what we do with our mismatched parts ~ embrace them, learn to love them, and turn something oddly annoying into something fun (and in Shatner’s case, profitable).
“Is this our Ugly Duckling aspect we have to grow into before finding its beauty?”
The Radical Virgo – Joyce Mason (our resident expert on Chiron) cites the need to work at developing tolerance for others who are very different from ourselves. She shares this story:
“Once I worked for a woman who was an archetypal Leo. She had a long-term, off-and-on relationship with a Pisces. (Quincunx Suns) He drove her crazy. I haven’t seen such a case of intolerance of another’s way of being, so much so, she projected her angst onto others.
“She persecuted a male Pisces employee she supervised. (Actually, at the time she supervised two male Pisces, but she really nailed one of them.) She was constantly criticizing him for his Piscesness, and it was so bad, he was considered filing a grievance for discrimination based on astrological sign. (I hate to say it, but I think he really had a good case.) It was long ago, and I think he finally found another job.
“The story illustrates the issue of the quincunx and tolerance. This woman refused to find the redeeming value or positive characteristics in the sign that inconjuncts her Sun sign. Obviously, something drew her to her Pisces boyfriend in a big way, or he wouldn’t have had such an impact on her. It’s all in the mind … and opening it.”
Flower Essences to Help Harmonize a Quincunx
Joyce Mason isn’t the sort to just spot a problem and drop it in your lap—she also had some excellent suggestions about flower essences to help with the aspect.
(For those of you who aren’t familiar with flower essences, download the introductory chapter of my ebook, Flower Remedies—How Plants’ Energies Can Heal Us: flower essence information-ch1.)
Joyce explained, “Basically, the quincunx requires a lot of tolerance and open-mindedness to handle, that’s why I’m thinking essences have a lot to offer. Tolerance is the difference between the Aries and Virgo finding each other interesting rather than weird or ‘not their type.’
“I found a lot of good essence candidates in the Online Repertory – Flower Essence Society in the section on Tolerance:
- Beech – seeing the value of differences in others
- Calendula – tolerance for what others are saying, being receptive
- Impatiens – accepting different (slower) rhythms and the pace of others
- Quaking Grass – ability to work with the ideas of others in a group
- Vervain – allowing others their own beliefs
- Vine – respecting free will of others
“Other ideas: Sagebrush to cleanse perception and avoid stereotyped or fixed concepts which prevent fresh or original perceptions.
“Shasta Daisy – aids synthesis of ideas to form a meaningful whole (never in your wildest dreams? Why not?).
“Lastly, Zinnia comes to mind for sparking childlike originality and inventiveness.
“Again, it’s all in the perception and all these essences in some way open the mind and creative process to accept the full kaleidoscope of what it takes to be human—and however the bits of very different colored glass fall to form whole picture.”
To that I replied, “Tolerance for yourself is also crucial. Self-acceptance can be a key to inner peace with quincunxes.
Essences for self-acceptance and alienation could be helpful: Goldenrod for holding to your own beliefs and path when they are different from the norm. Shooting Star when you feel alienated because you are different. (Both are from the Flower Essence Society.)”
Dr. Deborah Bier, my co-editor for Vibration Flower Essence Blog, suggested any generalist essence, given the stress and strain of the dissonance involved. A generalist—also called a toner—is an essence like Self-Heal that can be added to any mixture to make all the essences in the combination work more smoothly. (See: Strength for Your Essence Mixtures: Add a Toner.)
She adds, “I would recommend any Whole Energy Essences Recovery essence, given that they help us reconnect with our inner strengths following a disturbance. In particular:
- Helleborine (recover intellect) if the dissonance is highly mental.
- Calendula (recover safety ) if it’s emotional;
- White Snake Root (recover resilience) if it’s physical.
- Lobelia (recover calm), too, if it’s got you all jangled up.”
Perhaps a mixture made of the formulas for the two planets involved would help you resolve the aspect.
(If these possibilities for healing intrigue you, see A Collection of Articles about Combining Essences and Astrology.)
Readers who have quincunxes in your chart—how have you managed the energies in this aspect? What helps you? Please share your tips with us in the comment section.
Previous Articles in this Quincunx Miniseries:
- Heinous Hybrids—Why the Quincunx is No Minor Aspect
- Quincunxes, Part 2—the Transiting Quincunx
- Part 3: Steps in Analyzing a Quincunx and More New Insights
- Part 5: The Royal Family: A Quincunx Coincidence—or a Yod Occurrence?
- The Saturn-Neptune Quincunx and its Part in our Economic Woes
But first, since the quincunx has only a 3° orb, make sure your quincunx isn’t really a biquintile (144°):
More Articles about Flower Essences on Skywriter:
- (Donna’s podcast on essences) http://chrisflisher.com/radio_000.htm.
- In a Crisis? Rescue Remedy Can Help You through It
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
- Uranus in Aries & Flower Essences–8 Years of Significant Change Ahead
- Relocating under Fire? Help from Astrology and Essences
- Saturn Remedies–Flower Essences for Overcoming Fear and Worry
- Red Clover Essence–A Gentle Antidote to Mass Hysteria, by Sheryl Karas
- Blogathon Collection: A Collection of Articles about Combining Essences and Astrology
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Art credit: These beautiful deco-like ladies were discovered in a collection on clipart.com, and I couldn’t pass them up. They didn’t exactly portray a quincunx, but then, what does?