- Rootcomplexes get the typical characteristics of the factors
involved in the conjunction (opposition). As such it is very easy to find out what
inspires a person, what really and truly grips him, what his passions are, what possesses
his mind, etc. Which outer circumstances arouse or frustrate his inner feelings? Which
inner feelings make one act like a madman? How come this person has paranormal gifts? How
come Einstein was such a genius? The suggestive, hypnotic power with which Hitler
addressed the masses came from the very core of his being: Pluto inn (ruler of IC inn)
25°35' -o- = Mercury rad 25°39'-o- Desc rad Ram.
Four Cardinal Points
- We assume you will agree with us when we state that the four
cardinal points are the most personal points in someone's chart, since they depend on
date, time and place among which the latter is the most personal one.
- By Ascendant rad
we understand the visible form of the personality.
The word derives from the Greek 'persona', the mask of the Greek actor to
represent someone's character at a given moment. Hence it represents the
character of a person as presented to others or as others perceive, according
to circumstances. Earlier in this
article we defined it as ice, as object, as effect, as visible result. It is Jung's
animus. You can also call it the Form. It's
the component of the conscious, visible body.
- By its complementary counterpart, Ascendant inn, we understand the one behind the mask(s).
Perhaps we could call it someone's individuality,
from the Latin 'individuus' and meaning that something cannot be divided. In other words:
the real one behind the persona (mask). Whatever mask the actor (sic) puts on his face,
the one behind it remains the same. Earlier in this article we defined it as water, as
subject, as Jung's anima. You can also call it the Shadow.
It's the component of the unconscious body. Now wherever the Form goes, the Shadow follows
it. No one can run away from it. And though we do not always perceive our shadow, it is
always there. In our opinion it stands for what Freud called the Ueber-Ich, the Over-Self,
someone's awareness of right and wrong with regard to his own thoughts and actions.
- Now if you study the signs in which you find both these
Ascendants, you will find that they always complement each other in the following way (or
which means that next to every human being has all four
elements at his disposal to live in harmony with himself and his fellowman. So if your
Ascendant rad is Capricorn, your Ascendant inn is Gemini. Does this ring a bell?
- The same is true for Descendant
radix and inner.
The former is the outer You, and the latter is how one's inner being wants to approach the
other one or what one's own inner being expects from the other one. Ever heard about the
dictum 'from heart to heart'? Ever heard from 'they are one in spirit'? Ever given some
astrological thought to it? Karmic ties? Wait a sec, because that has nothing to do with
your or my body, but bypasses it altogether. Mind is the
builder, the late Edgar Cayce used to say. Here comes the real synastry!
- Midheaven rad
stands for career, social interests, reputation, future, etc., whereas the inner Midheaven represents one's inner ideals, mission and
spiritual future. Where our profession and social interests are concerned, most of us are
dependent on authorities. We haven't got that much to argue and many are fighting a losing
battle. But as to our inner ideals, that's quite a different matter. And that explains why
so many people are interested in things that have nothing to do with their daily job.
- Last but not least concerns our origin - of which there are
two: our Immum Coeli rad
represents our coming into physical being, our physiological origin, our parentage, our
physical heredity. Our inner Immum Coeli has
to do with our psychical origin, with our Karma or the sum total of our previous
- We should attach as much importance to the rulers of these
Conjunctions & Oppositions
indicate the joining of an inner with an outer factor. And that's what life is all about:
we have an inherent feeling that some part of ours is missing and so we eagerly look
forward to finding it and to becoming one with it. Duality wants to become unity, oneness
again. A conjunction represents a natural acceptance of one's possibilities. As a rule,
the Ego (the complete chart, i.e. inner and outer factors) has few problems with such
rootcomplexes. It's like a computer with input and output, and no problems at all. We must
give priority to these rootcomplexes which have an ego-defining function, i.e. all
rootcomplexes which are directly related to the inner Ascendant or Descendant or to their
ruler(s). Such a conjunction has to be considered as a meeting of the self, as a
selfexpression or selfrealization. The inner backs up the outer. The two are one. A
remarkable man of character. Such a rootcomplex strengthens the Ego and one can't but feel
obliged to act according to the urges defined by the underlying factors.
Oppositions facilitate overcompensation and
overreaction, especially when the opposing factors represent oneself (i.e. one's inner and
outer Ascendant). If one is unable to cope with oppositions of that kind, disintegration
of one's personality is more than likely the final result. As a rule, oppositions indicate
inner negation of oneself or the other, doubt, mistrust, rejection, a sense of
inferiority, fear, psychosis and the like. As such, these kind of oppositions, in which
personal factors are involved, have priority in the delineation of the natal chart.
Traumas & Vocation
- One should also pay attention to inner planets in
conjunction with the IC rad, especially in Yin signs. Rootcomplexes in which Moon and
Venus are involved, or Sun and Saturn, and in a difficult aspect with other factors,
indicate mother- and father-complexes and quite often cause several sorts of traumas.
- We talk about someone's vocation when MC inn or rad forms a
conjunction with the ruler of MC rad or inn or vice versa. Mind you: inner factor -o-