©2013 by Donna Cunningham, MSW
This is an excerpt from my ebook, The Stellium Handbook: an Owner’s Manual for people with Stelliums or Triple Conjunctions. Download a sample file here: Stellium Handbook Sampler. The Stellium Handbook is $20. Order it at moonmavenpublications.com.
The lead planet in a stellium—the first in zodiac order–is automatically the first affected by new transits—and new situations—that represent periods of challenge, change, and even crisis. It’s like the first responder at the scene of an emergency. What that person does on arriving has a huge influence on the outcome.
If first responders make the right moves, it helps stabilize the crisis, but if they make the wrong ones, the challenge is harder to overcome. The backgrounds of first responders may or may not suit the task, but they cope heroically until better-qualified helpers arrive, then step back unless they’re needed. The same is true of the lead planet in a stellium.
When you encounter new people or situations in matters described by the stellium’s house, observe how the part of you represented by the lead planet responds. It establishes ground rules and creates the structure for how the other planets in the group operate. It affects the functioning of the entire stellium, setting the tone for dealings with others in the situation.
The lead planet’s less desirable qualities affect people’s first impression of you and can have a negative effect on the mission’s outcome. On the other hand, capitalizing on the strengths and assets it represents increases your chances of resolving the situation to your advantage. Conscious awareness of that planet’s pluses and minuses can help you discover more successful tactics.
That planet sets up your automatic reaction to new events or changes in the status quo. That reaction is a defense mechanism. An undesirable response doesn’t have to be the automatic one, however, once you become conscious of it.
If the lead planet were Venus in a sociable sign like Leo or Libra, you’d be open and welcoming to new people.
With a well-aspected Mercury as lead, you’d communicate freely about yourself and your mission and would want to know all you could about the newcomer.
If it were Saturn, you might react fearfully and shut down while you figure out how to protect yourself.
Suppose Mars is the lead planet. It represents the urge to be first, to be a pioneer, to lead, and to win. It’s happiest as the lead planet, but aggressive outreach isn’t always an ideal approach.
Suppose it’s placed in signs where it’s uncomfortable, such as Scorpio or Pisces, or that it makes a number of difficult aspects, such as squares or oppositions to Uranus or Pluto. Then your first response might be an aggressive or defensive one to ward off conditions you perceive as a threat.
At its best, the potentials Mars brings to the table include a strong, proactive, energetic attitude, going after what it wants, and tackling obstacles head on. Its bravery, initiative, and “can do” attitude are qualities of natural leaders.
On the deficit side, Mars may show people acting rashly and not taking time to think through the long-term effects of those acts. Sometimes, they’re so intent on their goal that they don’t consider the effects of their actions on others. Again, awareness can help you focus on expressing Mars’ better qualities and eliminating the less desirable ones.
If Uranus is the first planet, you’re generally on the leading edge in your areas of interest. You may be an innovator and trend setter who people may find exciting. The old timers in that field, however, may find you disturbing and regard you as a maverick or trouble maker. (Words like upstart and gadfly come to mind.)
In doing the planetary strength tests here on Skywriter, you’re given a 5-point bonus for the lead planet. Here, in summary, are the reasons that planet has such a strong influence:
- It shows the first contact that others make with the stellium and its mission. It reveals your first impulse in approaching matters of that house.
- It’s the first planet to be hit by a transit, and the others follow in sequence.
- Therefore, this first response alerts you to changing conditions in the house matters.
- How effective that response is in dealing with the new situation makes a difference in the outcome of the mission. If it’s typically ineffective, you might want to devote a healing project to the qualities that planet depicts.
In all these stellium placements, so much depends on how well you’re using the energies those planets symbolize. If you don’t like the result, make a focused effort to change the ways you’re using them, and things will change for the better.
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