“… the shafts neither of
fire nor of the stars exceed the shaft of Aphrodite, which
Eros, Zeus's son, hurls forth from his hand.” Euripides
On the 9th of October Eros will conjunct
the asteroid 19
Fortuna @ 8
When Eros is linked to the Fortuna, erotic
union and creative passion can evoke a sense of radical change,
surprise and delight. Fortuna is a goddess of fate
and destiny. She is equated with the exultation and
wonder of achievement through shifting perspectives, not necessarily
in a pragmatic sense but in a way that is indicative to the
sign and house involved. Virgo suggests that through insights,
compare and contrast analysis of situations and a tangible
'grock' of a situation can bring a 'new reality'.
Eros here can enhance and draw attention
to Fortuna bringing a sense of rightness and completeness
to the deeper aspects of merging or creation. Sometimes
things that were a struggle start to fall into place once a
deeper, intimate relationship is formed. Sometimes they fall
apart. Other times it is the relationship itself that coincides
with or heightens the sense of meaning. The two qualities,
Eros and Fortuna, become linked. One does not act without the
other. Erotic transformation or creative expression can coincide
with feeling “lucky” or "Wow, where did that come
Those with personal planets and point
within a few degrees of 8 Virgo may notice this conjunction most strongly. Considering
where 8 Virgo falls in the natal and progressed chart is helpful
for anyone at this time.
“Man always has some mental reservation,
even in the face of divine decrees. Otherwise, where would
be his freedom? And what would be the use of that freedom
if it could not threaten Him who threatens it?” --Carl
Eros moves into the opposition of Uranus on the 13th of October
at 11 Virgo.
Traditionally, Uranus is a symbol of
pure, unadulterated mental intellect. He is also called Sky, Starry Sky or Starry Heaven
and rules the cool and orderly realm of perception, consciousness
and rational thought. The original god of the heavens, Uranus
is not concerned with the base and earthy life, the imperfections
of fallible beings or the raw desires of nature. Paradoxically,
those things most repulsive to him are precisely what he creates
in his offspring with Gaea.
Uranus, or Ouranos, was born without
union from Gaea/Earth. As the personification of the
sky, he is first ruler of the universe and mate of Gaea. He
populates the earth with the first born races, the Hecatonchires,
the Cyclopes and the twelve Titans. His creations give him
quite a shock.The Hecatonchires are hideous giants with great
might and size, each having one hundred hands and fifty heads.
They offended and appalled the pure intellect of Uranus and,
repulsed, he hid them away in a secret place of the earth as
soon as each one was born.
When Gaea gave birth to the Cyclopes,
who had only one eye on their forehead, he was equally revolted and, in spite of their
god like strength, he bound and cast them into Tartaros in the
depths of the underworld. They described it as gloomy place as
deep bellow the earth as the starry heaven was above. In other
words, he banished them as far away from himself as he possibly
When Gaea gave birth the race of Titans,
she was starting to get very annoyed. She could not forget the fate of her other
offspring and convinced Kronos, her youngest son, to displace
him. He and the other Titans, all except Oceanus, agreed as Kronos
lopped off the genitals of Uranus and tossed them into the sea.
From the black drops of Uranus' blood,
which fell upon earth, were born the Erinyes. Also born from the dark blood were the
Giants and those Nymphs called Meliads. However, the remains
Kronos threw away were swept over the sea for a long time. Finally
from the white foam which spread around them Aphrodite was born.
This horrific insurrection produced
the sisters of retribution, giants, nymphs and the ravishing
Aphrodite. It seems the strife
inherent in Saturn and Uranus can result in a variety of spawn,
the least of them the goddess of beauty and love.
Eros and Uranus
There is little direct relationship between
Uranus as starry sky god and Eros as son of Aphrodite; However, according to Hesiod,
Eros was the incorporeal essence of love, one of the original
four deities, Chaos, Gaea, Eros and Tartaros. In this context
Eros comes before and caused all things to mingle .
The Archetypes of Eros and Uranus contrast
Eros delights in raw intensity and creative union, Uranus is
repulsed by potentially suffocating imperfection. He would rather
stay in his ivory tower of ideals than venture into the studio
of da Vinci, or worse, van Gogh. He would rather search the cosmos
for perfect meaning than entertain the fiery passions that lead
to the turbid depths of merging souls. Uranus and Eros want different
things and in turn have different things to offer. When the two
are linked by aspect, conflicting needs surface.
The opposition offers the opportunity to distinguish
between the two gods, but not without effort. If
Eros is awakened, so is Uranus and the deviant urges can be
a source of confusion and discord. Understanding the complexity
of needs can lead to their integration. At a very minimum,
they can take turns.
Eros linked to Uranus can reflect, like
Venus/Uranus contacts, a classic love/will dilemma or a freedom/closeness
is often played out as an intense desire for erotic union or
creativity followed almost simultaneously by a distinct urge
to escape, assert the will or obtain freedom through independence.
It can earn us the dubious title of “fickle” very
quickly as well as create doubts about our own needs and desires.
When Eros is in aspect to Uranus, by
any aspect, both freedom and union are essential in the form
of independence and closeness, merging and detachment. The divergent needs are all valid and
because they are so conflicting, the mechanism of projection
often comes quickly to the rescue.
In the case of an erotic attraction,
this may live out with one person wanting to pursue the union
to the depths of the underworld and the other wanting to keep
things superficial, eccentric or frivolous. In this way, both needs are meet in the actions of
the couple although they are not experienced within one person.
The resolution may be extremely frustrating, not the least because
the roles may reverse many times in the course of the relationship.
Coming to terms with such opposing needs may necessitate experiencing
them completely within our self.
This complex dilemma seems ancient enough as it echoes in this
prayer/dialog between Sappho and Aphrodite.
“Then you my goddess with your immortal
Would ask what now afflicts me, why again
I am calling and what now I with my restive heart
“Whom now shall I beguile
To bring you to her love?
Who now injures you, Sappho?
For if she flees, soon shall she chase
And, rejecting gifts, soon shall she give.
If she does not love you, she shall do so soon
Whatsoever is her will.”
Sometimes Eros in aspect to Uranus can
indicate an attraction to an unconventional or zany union or
creative enterprise. This
may or may not sit well with the rest of the nature and if it
does not, the conflict can cause great hardship. Some individuals
with strong Eros/Uranus cut off, dramatically and decisively,
from the world of erotic union, seeming to make a conscious choice
to retreat into the ivory tower of academia or other such conceptual
sanctuaries. Although ultimately, like the Starry Sky after his
creative offspring castrated him, life without Eros is life without
It is perhaps important to recall that
the genitals of Uranus brought forth the goddess of love,
and without them, although Aphrodite herself flourished, Uranus
certainly did not. With an aspect between Eros and Uranus,
the effort to honor both gods by keeping them, and their needs,
entire seems by far the best course.
Eros & the
South Lunar Node
When you stop imagining someone else
is going to fulfill you, you may begin to fulfill yourself.
The North and South Lunar Nodes are imaginary
points that mark the crossing of the Moon, up and down as it were, over the ecliptic,
which is the imaginary path of the sun around the Earth. The
operant word here is imaginary.
The nodes are not real in the typical sense of the word. Yet
in spite of their hypothetical existence, the Nodes are significant
points that offer meaningful and applicable guide posts in any
“[The Nodes] link together the
solar principle, the lunar principle and the principle
of the Earth. The points are derived through the movement
of those three bodies, and I actually think the Nodes are
an attempt…to balance solar principles and lunar
principles within the body on the earth plane. In some
ways, the Nodes indicate a struggle between the pull of
the past and new qualities or traits or choices that need
to be made.” --Howard Sasportas
The Nodes represent a pull in opposite
directions and the South
Lunar Node, also known as the Dragon’s Tail or Cauda Draconis,
pulls us into the direction of the past. This represents instinctive
desires that call us back to a place where we feel, if not comfortable,
at least familiar. Like the Moon and her association with intuitive
impulses, the South Lunar Node can operate without conscious
volition. It is an automatic response.
The North Lunar Node, the Dragon’s Head or Caput
Draconis, by contrast, pulls us into their future. It represents the areas
of life where we can, with conscious effort and choice, break
new ground and obtain valuable new experiences. Like the Sun,
the North Lunar Node, when approached with courage, awareness
and a sense of new possibilities, brings consciousness and growth.
The two Nodes are always diametrically opposite, represented
by opposing signs and houses. Some astrologers suggest that the
South Node is where something is relinquished and the North where
something can be gained.
The Lunar Nodes also pertain to people
that we attract. An
activated South Node can indicate a person from the past that
suddenly reemerges. It often works out that these South Node
people require help or assistance to varying degrees. Even those
with a personal planet sign corresponding to our South Node sign
can seem to need assistance most regularly.
An activated North Node, conversely,
can indicate new people that enter the life offering opportunity, alliance and aid. Transits
and progressions here can indicate someone new presenting a challenge,
opening or fresh direction.
Eros/Nodal aspects are most significant
when they are the conjunction or opposition. These angles seem to reveal consistent
results were the lesser aspects can have diminished relevance.
It is important to remember that any aspect to one Node indicates
a link with the other because they are in exact opposition. This
means regardless of the angle, both Nodes are irrefutably involved.
When Eros is implicated, the Nodal axis heats up.
Eros conjunct the South Node suggests
at time when the experience of the erotic is instinctual
and familiar. If this conjunction touches a personal
planet or point, we may fall into deeply intimate unions,
perhaps even at the avoidance of unfamiliar yet necessary new
experiences. In some cases, Eros becomes obsessive giving the
individual an erotic overtone that dominates the life wile
it is in effect. Because the South Node indicates the familiar,
Eros can also be used as a mask or defense against exploring
any new territory, inner or outer. Going back to a familiar
relationship that you know is not authentic falls under this
category of responses.
A planet conjunct the South Node can
indicate a need to rebuild a new and creative quality relating
to what that planet represents. When
Eros is there, a new or different approach to Eros needs development
so that its innate positive qualities are enhanced but not
over done. If the South Node represents things already well
experienced, it may be important to use the positive aspects
of the sign, house and planets associated with the North Node
to further new and unfamiliar experiences.