Welcome to the unveiling of our new theme for 2011!
After much reflection, pondering, and reading emails and posts with your ideas, I have decided upon a sort of thread of continuity for this year.
Each month will be organized around the energies of the twelve houses of the astrological chart.
Don’t worry, it’s going to be pretty loose, and, sorry, not even especially about astrology. After all, while I am an enthusiast (and for a brief while in the 1970s, I actually cast charts by hand), I am not an astrologer.
But I am very interested in the areas of focus that are attributed to each house. They seem like a great way to organize our discussions.
So welcome to our new journey through (apologies to Led Zepplin) .. the Houses of the Holy.. meaning us!
First a brief overview.
What Are Houses in Astrology?
Astrologer Pamela Dodd explains how it works. “A birth chart,” she writes, “maps the planets in the solar system at the exact moment of a person’s birth. This is depicted in a circular diagram, divided into 12 pie-shaped sections, or houses as they’re called in astrology. The houses are a developmental path, from the personal to the social to the cosmic. Each house has a major theme and is ‘ruled’ by the energies of a specific planet.”
The astrologers at My Astrology.com further enlighten us, noting, “The Houses are the areas of life in which the energy of the planets and their signs are projected, as on to a screen, to manifest in our lives. There are twelve houses in all, thus paralleling the Twelve Zodiac signs. Each of the Houses corresponds naturally to one of the signs. The journey around the Houses is a journey from beginnings to endings.”
And Ann Mogul at Sky View Zone adds, “While the planets deal first and foremost with energies and basic human urges and the signs reveal the style in which these planetary energies manifest, the houses of the horoscope represent experiences that are actualized through the material realm.”
The houses do not correspond directly to the months, but since the magic number for both is twelve, I am thinking that January will be for the first house, February for the second, and so on.
I realize that some might feel it would be better to begin this in synch with the astrological year, when the Sun moves into Aries. But that’s months away, and, again, I am not intending this to be specifically about the astrology.
However, starting now, in January, does mean that the First House will be somewhat abbreviated, as this month is quickly slipping away. But we’ll start anyway, after tomorrow’s Card of the Week, and see how far we get.
Besides, if we’re talking right off the bat about “The Soul’s Purpose,” I think it will be illuminating to return to this again, after we’ve completed the entire circuit. Not to mention that resuming the First House discussion next January will make this whole process a satisfyingly magical year and a day.
Thanks again for your ideas, questions, and feedback… And thanks for all your wise insights and comments. Keep ’em coming! It continues to be my intention that this is a place where conversation always trumps monologue!