The Ram symbolizes potency, the capacity to generate, illuminate and enlighten from within. Aries must assert themselves powerfully, often being called upon to do battle with a father, father-substitute, institution or society who fails to recognize their creative contribution or philosophy. Aries’ battle must be waged in reverence for the Divine, and not merely as a personal expression of will.
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The Bull symbolizes the raging power of the senses. Taurus must come to terms with this power neither by identifying with it completely nor repressing it. They must come to understand that the power of the senses is actually not theirs, but a manifestation of Spirit, and needs to be dedicated toward some greater transpersonal goal. Taurus embodies an inner dance between that which is ugly and clumsy and that which is beautiful and refined.
The Twins comprise a fundamental conflict between opposites. Early in life either the “good” or the “bad” twin is separated off. The bright hero is just a bit too bright, a little to invulnerable and a little too far away from ordinary human suffering and longing to perform his appointed task of redemption. Inevitably, Gemini must learn to embrace their tricksterish shadow side in order to bring their visions into concrete form.
The Crab has a deep, mystical link with the very source of life itself. They must battle to free themselves from the power of their personal Mothers/Fathers to inherit that role within their own lives. There is both a regressive longing for the womb and a mystical longing for the Divine. Nothing will goad the Crab into open confrontation with life save deep emotional loss.
The Lion symbolizes primitive passion. Their lives are a dramatic quest for the self that can only be accomplished through their own experience and intuition. Leo’s father was either absent or wounded on some more profound level, and he cannot provide the sense of creative renewal they need, so the Leo child must go out on his own to seek this principle in the form of life’s adventure.
The Virgin symbolizes the intrinsic orderliness of nature. They envision a just universe and incessantly struggle against chaos and disorder. Crisis orients Virgo to take responsibility for their own nature, often requiring that they spend a period of life alone. They are often caught between the safe, well-paid and ultimately barren path of external compliance and the fertile but often lonely path of inner loyalty.
The Scales symbolizes the path of restoring ethics to an unethical world. Time and again, they are called upon to make a choice, which contradicts Libra’s innate desire to have everything in proportion rather than one thing at the expense of another. They must come to an acceptance of life’s inherent injustice. There is often sexual ambiguity: The males embody the feminine and the females the cool, detached rationality of the masculine.
The Scorpion symbolizes the collision with everything dark and terrible in life–coming to terms with our reptilian, autonomous, unconscious nature. They must learn to contend with the equally powerful pull both downwards and upwards without disengaging from either pole by means of deep sexual/spiritual unions with others. Having confronted the depths, they can rise to the heights in the form of the Eagle.
The Centaur symbolizes the ceaseless quest for a spirit that will transcend death. Woundedness is an integral part of the sign, and forms a kind of despair beneath their bright optimism. This wound that cannot be healed is life’s shadow side. If Sagittarius can bear to face his wound, it strengthens him immeasurably because then he doesn’t aspire quite so high, and can produce something in a more practical and relevant way.
The Goat symbolizes initiation into the bondage of material existence. They are compelled to shoulder a burdensome and unwelcome responsibility as a rite of passage whereby they gradually replace their personal fathers-who was a disappointment-with a Divine Father. However, the god they worship demands good solid coin as payment-often provoking a crisis of despair and lost faith.
The Water Bearer symbolizes the capacity to detach and comprehend the original blueprint of reality, accounting for Aquarius’ ceaseless efforts to reform and redeem mankind, as well as their repression of all that is earthly and bestial. Their deep fear of the irrational makes them excellent scientists and observers, but more reluctant participants, especially where feelings are concerned.
The Two Fishes bound together symbolize destructive instinct devouring innocence. The one who is martyred then rises again to become the redeemer. Thus, Pisces is born to suffer or to save, to sin or to sanctify-and usually both. Their self-destructive side often seduces them into dismembering their bodily prison, via drugs and alcohol, in search of the spirit within. It is their fate to wrestle with this extraordinary dilemma.