Forces as Sexual Realities
Part 2: Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune & Pluto
© 2000-14 Antero Alli
ONE of this essay retranslated the astrological symbols
for the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars as a
spectrum of human sexual realities. I also suggested
that terms such as "heterosexual, bisexual,
homosexual, pansexual, etc.," were not sexual
but political categories insofar as they represent
customs, rituals, fetishes and icons of specific
sexual tribes, i.e., the bisexual tribe, the pansexual
tribe, the asexual tribe, etc. With this next installment,
my intent is to disclose a much larger category
of human sexuality in which all the previous sub-categories
are also included. Here now is Part Two, where the
astrological forces of Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron,
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are revisioned as increasingly
deeper, stranger and more mysterious aspects of our
human sexual potential.
Sex Without Guilt or Guilt Without Sex ?
Jupiter is a complex symbol for the development
of morality and ethics. Yet the terms "morality"
and "ethics" are often confused to mean
the same thing. To me, a morality is an inherited
belief system passed down from ancestral spiritual
tradition and the dogmas of all organized religions;
the domain of churches, synagogues, temples and
Sunday schools. Violate any morality that you were
taught to believe in and you experience the reflex
of guilt Ethics, however, evolves from our most
personal responses to tough choices around human
quandaries of good and evil, right and wrong.
An ethos expresses your personal position by virtue
of defining these terms-good and evil, right and
wrong-according to your own conscience. When you
violate your ethics, you experience self-created
guilt. The difference between these two guilts?
One is an inherited habit and the other, a self-created
warning sign; one is mechanical and the other is
creative. Who hasnt felt guilty before, during
or after certain sexual experiences? But what kind
of guilt was it? Mechanical or creative? Was it
the entrained punishment for violating past religious,
or parental, dogmas or the personal dread of betraying
your own code of living, our conscience? Both kinds
of guilt represent a spectrum of the Jupiter force
and can be activated whenever natal Jupiter is touched
by a planet in your lovers chart. "
Another form of Jupiter sex involves those high-flying adventures expanding your consciousness beyond belief. This kind of exotic eroticism can be aroused by courting unfamiliar, foreign experience. When there is a strong attraction to someone of a different ethnic, ideological, cultural and/or racial background, Jupiter may be involved. In extreme instances, these foreign affairs can turn into consciousness-expansion experiments disguised as relationships. Though this kind of consciousness expanding intimacy can expand personal awareness, it does not necessarily guarantee any genuine awareness of the other. They can overlook the deeper ethnic, ideological and cultural differences that undermine compatibility. Imagine two people in love who do not speak the same language.
at first sight can be very romantic, but imagine
trying to explain yourself. Lovers with profound
ideological differences may also attempt to convert
the other to their own cultural or moral values
in an attempt to stay together. All these examples
could be symbolized by natal Jupiter conjunct Descendant
or in the 8th House, Venus in Sagittarius or the
9th House, Gemini Rising, and other transits and
aspects involving Jupiter.
Sometimes when natal Jupiter is activated, we seek
out the non-committal sex of liaisons with the already
married or unavailable, sex with emotionally immature
(teenagers) and sex with anyone you dont really
care about. All these sexual experiences invariably
expand your consciousness but only "via negativa,"
by negative example. Sometimes our conscience seeks
out ethically challenging confrontations just to
test itself. As our consciousness expands through
these tests, it naturally creates more recognition
of what we actually can care for. With enough consciousness
expansion, conscience. As sex becomes more ethical,
the beloved ceases to exist as an extension of oneself.
Instead, the beloved is seen in his, or her, own
light; what Martin Buber refers to as, "Thou."
Ive seen this occur when transiting Jupiter
crosses the natal Descendant.
Saturn represents a coherency of psychological factors
attempting to consolidate a way to manifest a life
in the material world. The "material world,"
as used here, means all things possessing material
properties that exist in time and space and are
therefore subject to breaking down. The material
world is a mess in this way. Defects abound; flaws
surround us. The world is filled with things that
go wrong, collapse and otherwise gather inertia
and entropy. Saturn symbolizes that psychological
muscle for asserting effort, structure and persistence
of pressure to hold and to keep things together
amidst a world committed to falling apart. When
Saturn is a strong force in any relationship, there
are obvious holding patterns. When someone elses
natal Saturn closely aspects your natal Sun, Moon,
Mars or Venus, their holding patterns are acting
on you in specific ways. Their saturnine pressures
may be forging a cohesion in a part of your life
thats falling apart at the seams; you may
even like it and, maybe, like it a lot.
These holding patterns can give you the feeling
of being contained by your lover; this can be good
or it can be very scary, depending on our needs.
Often enough, harder Saturn aspects (squares, oppositions,
conjunctions) between lovers can symbolize latent
parent-child dynamics. Here gender is not as important
as the ongoing exposure of immature, infantile need
structures. One lover tends to play out the child
aspect of their personality and the other, the adult
or parent role.
Saturn sex tests the integrity and
staying power of any relationship. The lover who
plays out the parental role may find him or herself
holding the other to more responsibility than that
person previously expressed. If one lovers
Saturn conjuncts or opposes the others Sun,
the Sun persons self-commitment and selfhood
are tested. Sometime this holding pattern can be
very exciting and hot, as when natal Mars is involved.
Sometimes Saturn can make us feel very secure, especially
when the Moon is involved. Other times, these same
saturnine holding patterns can manifest as control
trips and boundary disputes. With more responsibility,
these same power trips can be played out on purpose
in the sexual arena of ritual sadomasochism.
Saturn as Dominatrix/Master
With mutual consent, unconscious power-tripping can be transformed into power sex by the playful dramatization of scenarios involving various postures of trusting dominance and willing submission. Traditional S/M (sadomasochist) sex culture incorporates whips, chains, leathers and other sex toys for ritualized power sex games. And, power sex doesnt exist without a dominatrix or master, and a slave. The masochistic slave and dominatrix, or master, agree on the saturnine game plans. Whether these introduce literal harnesses, chains and handcuffs or vocal commands, the "master" seeks to increase the "slaves" experience of pleasure, pressure, intensified sensation and then, pain, inside a climate of total trust. This threshold of pain is relative to each slave and so the element of trust is paramount for respecting limitations.
Though traditional S/M tribal sex culture relies
on a vast array of ritual paraphernalia, none of
it is necessary for power sex between consenting
adults. The key element, is the trust between players
and the ritual structure itself, which emerges with
open expression of personal needs, fantasies and
desires. Some of us have a greater need for being
acted on by the saturnine holding pattern of another;
others need to be the ones holding that power that
acts on the other. As this sexual give-and-take
process is openly explored, trust is built alongside
a greater sexual self-knowledge and a truer understanding
of the beloveds sexual needs. Unfortunately,
too many S/M rituals are acted out unconsciously
whenever lovers avoid disclosing their actual power
needs: to be dominated &/or, to dominate.
Domestic violence demonstrates a horrific power
sex game gone wrong as a result of communication
breakdowns and the frustration of real needs. Unconscious
S/M relationships are often doomed to tragic closure
by mutual ignorance of power dynamics. Perhaps this
kind of ignorance poisoned the roots of O.J. and
Nicole Simpsons marriage. Was there an undercurrent
of sexual dominance and submission? I think so.
Why else would so many Americans sit mesmerized
by the media coverage? The violence? Maybe. A hidden,
underlying subtext of power sex? More likely.
the Roles, Save the Marriage
When Mars, Moon, Sun and Venus are aspecting Saturn in the composite charts between lovers, it can indicate latent "power sex" dynamics in the relationship; latent because Saturn requires time to work itself out. Often enough, the more volatile and passionate relationships require a shared structure to continually stabilize itself. The greater the power dynamic, the more creative outlets are required to bypass self-destruction. Without outlets, the incumbent pressures mount. With no place to go, they can only implode and/or explode. As lovers grow more aware of their shared power struggles-by accepting them and structuring creative outlets for their safer expression-they can integrate difficult yet rewarding Saturn karma; perhaps work out at the gym together or take long walks or join a volleyball team or, play many, many sets of tennis.
Saturns traditional exaltation in Libra suggests
how these holding patters ultimately seek equilibrium
(Libra) to restabilize. If either lover over identifies
and fixates on one side of the dominant/submissive
polarity, balance is lost. Identifying with one
side of yourself creates a one-sided self-image
and a kind of rigidity of ego. In any given relationship
where dominant-submissive patterns prevail, its
only a matter of time before roles get fixed and
tensions start mounting. The passively identified
grow more demure and meek; the dominantly identified,
more aggressive and cruel. Sooner or later, these
pressures force confrontations, outbursts and explosions.
Violence erupts. If this is happening in your love
life, perhaps you are ready for a little role reversal.
The purpose of role reversal is to balance relationship
energies and to create opportunities to see through
the others eyes. This doesnt mean the
men wear bras and wash dishes but it might. Nor
does it mean women wear the pants and take out the
garbage but it might. If power-sex lovers cannot
agree to walk in each others shoes once in
a while, their relationship dynamic remains rigid
and unstable. If domestic role reversals dont
work, try the bedroom. Let the old master become
the new slave; the old slave, the new master. Excitement
for role reversals can sometimes restore equilibrium.
When lovers share strong Saturn aspects, their sex
life and the relationship itself may require a consensual,
or mutually agreed upon, structure to continue functioning.
This kind of relationship is more like a mutually
understood arrangement, than any attempt to realize
or fantasize an ideal. This kind of effort requires
considerable maturity, if only to get beyond our
precious but mechanically conditioned ideals, if
only to address the existing real needs of consenting
realities associated with the astrological forces
of the Sun on out to and including Saturn represent
an ego-based, or self-centered, approach to sexual
satisfaction. The ego-personality develops through
these stages and explores those sexual experiences
furthering its own needs to know and express itself.
Transpersonal sex, symbolized by Chiron, Uranus,
Neptune and Pluto, occurs when you are aroused by
electrical, dreamtime and planetary forces expressing
greater intentions than personal gratification.
Forces are transpersonal when they originate beyond
ego and become sexual by using the medium of your
sexuality for expressing their intentions.
Sex and Chirotic Reactions
The transpersonal forces of astrology begin with
the comet Chiron, which orbits between Saturn and
Uranus. Chirotic (rhymes with erotic) sex arouses
the sleeping serpent of kundalini; the enlivened
spinal cord undulating with pulsating electrical
charge. The study of chiropractics provides a valuable
metaphor to understanding Chiron. Chiropractors
manipulate the interactions between spinal/skeletal
systems (SATURN) and the various electrical Nervous
Systems (URANUS). Chiron mediates between Saturns
structural integrity and Uranus white hot
electrical power. When lovers are connected chirotically-by
transit and/or aspect-they enter a tantric initiation
of the third point. When sexual energies between
lovers escalate beyond what either lover can contain,
that energy either disperses or is redirected to
serve a third point of awareness beyond each ego.
Chirotic sex releases an enveloping sense of animal
magnetism, exploding the ego beyond previous self-concepts
and beliefs. Transpersonal sex shocks ego past itself
for information and new ways of responding to energies
greater than itself.
Pleasure & Sex Magick
What the Chiron sparks, Uranus electrifies. Electric
sex hums throughout the subtle medium of our Central
Nervous System (CNS), igniting the astral lightbody
(aura & chakras). Psychic or electric sex occurs
through physical love, but can also happen without
touching. When the CNS is energetically on fire,
sensuality transmutes into the supersensual brain
pleasure of neurological orgasm. As the CNS becomes
self-aware, lovers respond to the warm, glowing
rushes of neuro-electronic signals racing within,
around and between them.
This electrical energy
is enjoyed in extended moments of telepathy, clairvoyance,
synchronicity and psychic abilities previously unimagined.
Electric sex can also erupt, as if by accident.
In the instance of spontaneous and wildly uninhibited
physical sex, signals traverse between the brain
and the rest of the body with less resistance and
more speed. Electrical energy-more heat and more
light-races through the muscles, giving the CNS
more freedom of expression. Very Uranus. When lovers
desire higher levels of electrical intimacy, what
can possibly stop them from turning up the heat
and the light? Ego. When either or both lovers need
to slow things down, they often start acting out
previously neurotic habits of self-preoccupation
and the flow slows down.
In this way, ego acts as a kind of emergency brake
for minimizing pleasure too intense to contain.
How much ecstasy can one allow? When our capacity
for ecstasy is overwhelmed, its natural and
even necessary to fixate on something as familiar,
banal and mundane as our personal problems or to
project these onto our lover. When lovers rise to
the occasion of electric sex with less ego and more
intention, they enter the esoteric traditions of
sex magick. Occult lodges such as the Hermetic Order
of the Golden Dawn, the O.T.O. and their numerous
offshoots practice their various ritual technologies
for raising kundalini through electrical sex practices.
One long-term effect of sex magick is the radical
transformation of the CNS. In some sex magick adepts
this change is so remarkable that, when compared
to the majority of human beings, they seem like
alien space beings. Theres probably good reason
why these more esoteric magickal ritual disciplines
remain esoteric or hidden from mainstream view.
I suspect its because sex magick isnt
Neptune symbolizes the numinous webwork of individual,
collective and planetary dreambodies making up what
aboriginal people call dreamtime. Also woven into
this ethereal design are glittering strands of glamour,
illusion, hallucination, madness, and the human
poetic genius of the Collective Imagination and
the Music of the Spheres. The Neptune archetype
beckons us from realms so far beyond human imagination-so
utterly alien and extraterrestrial-that we must
stretch our imaginations just to catch fleeting
Neptune governs our weirdest out-of-body
experiences, soul travel and those sexual experiences
inducing various forms of astral projection. Neptune
also symbolizes the dream lover archetype in its
truest and most delusional forms. Neptune transits
can also trigger our wildest, most delusional love
affairs yielding no hope for manifesting any real
or lasting intimacy in the material world. Neptune
can be very severe and slippery that way, combining
our highest hopes and dreams with our most devastating
disillusionments. Neptune also governs enlightenment.
This is sex between dreambodies; the sexual escapades
of our night dreams, as well as daytime sexual fantasies.
Dreambody sex can also occur without actually fucking.
Lovers under the influence of Neptune can be enchanted
by merely holding hands and getting lost in dreamy
glances. The potency of the dreambody provides multidimensionality
to sexual experience. Neptunian sex undermines ego,
or self-image, by dissolving self-created boundaries
and subjecting us to indelible impressions of all-encompassing
Neptune transits to natal Venus, Moon or Mercury
can coincide with love affairs that begin and maintain
themselves almost entirely by psychic projection
via what Jung calls "anima/animus transference."
Amidst and "anima attack," a man can become
dogmatically convinced he has met "the woman
of his dreams" whether or not the actual flesh-and-blood
outside woman cares for him at all. He may have
met the woman of his dreams, but only as she was
projected out of his own psyche and onto the outside
woman. These delusions collapse when the real woman
fails to live up to the mans unrealistic demands
on her to act lie a goddess.
In the near future, novel forms of illusory Neptunian
sex will become popular as pornography industries
incorporate sophisticated virtual reality (VR) immersion
software. Consumers will be promised virtual sex "beyond their wildest dreams"; many people
will choose corporate-simulations of sex over the
real thing. Milder versions of this same scenario
are happening right now on online community bulletin
boards, CD-ROM interactive sex games and chatroom
sexual fantasy role-playing.
If Pluto symbolizes an overtone of Mars (Mars as
the physical passion of intercourse), then it may
represent the invisible processes of conception.
Plutonic sex erupts whenever the genetic conduits,
or the DNA matrix, between lovers are engaged. In
its most literal expression, these lovers are overwhelmed
by a strong mutual desire to procreate. Beyond the
procreation contracts between lovers, less literal
modes of plutonic sex do not reproduce offspring
yet contribute significantly to furthering the evolutionary
goals of DNA. Under some Pluto transits involving
conjunctions and oppositions-especially to the Moon,
Venus, Mars, and Sun-powerful transformative sexual
encounters can be triggered that have little or
nothing to do with falling in love, getting married,
having babies or buying furniture. These experiences
may also defy the usual categories of "hot,
casual sex," "one-night stands,"
"affairs" and any other concept our mind
struggles to pigeonhole the event.
Earth Surrender Rites
Sometimes, the planet (yes, our planet Earth) arranges for meetings between certain individuals for mysterious purposes: "earth surrender rites". The lovers involved in these mysteries may feel a pull of fate towards each other. Or, a kind of "persona meltdown" where personal pretenses dissolve and leave the lovers in a terribly vulnerable, essence-to-essence fusion experience. Without any apparent choice in the matter, the heat and light of bio-psychic energies rapidly escalate between them. Many images surface to consciousness, as their minds grapple with categories and behaviors to match the immediately confounding reality. No image fits; many explode, as if into thin air.
Realizing all this, the lovers either
run from each other or stay together and surrender
to the experience. If they surrender, new information
emerges about why they met and what they must do
with these intense transformative energies. With
continual surrender, the lovers dawn on the solemn
revelation that the Earth Herself has arranged their
meeting and that the energies evoked are not for
personal gratification but for feeding Her. They
may still make love, but do so as part of a larger
cosmic ceremony involving a third partner, who happens
to be planet Earth; a planetary menage-a-trois.
Each ceremony differs depending on the personal
resistance and excitements, culturally-conditioned
programs and intuitive sensibilities of the lovers.
For more details on this, please read my book, The Akashic Record Player: A Non-Stop Geomantic Conspiracy.
Obsessive Sex: The
Dark Side of Pluto
The dark side of Plutonic sex is obsessive sex. Sex gone wrong; gone out of control in a destructive way. In and of itself, obsession is not bad or evil; nor is being out of control. Losing control in the name of creation remains one of the highest aims of Art. Obsessions reveals where you are intuitively and directly linked to your greatest sources of energy. Obsessions express where all your energy is wrapped up. When obsessed, you are passionately concentrated into one area that generates significant heat and force. When the consequences of that obsession produce destructive effects, you have lost control in the name of destruction and not creation.
Pluto can articulate any given charts point
of greatest obsession and where that person goes
for their most direct, intuitive connection with
life energies. First House Plutos tend to self-obsess
as much as Seventh House Plutos other-obsess in
their pursuit of direct contact with life force.
Sixth House Plutos tend to work-obsess, as Ninth
House Plutos develop an obsession around their visions
and beliefs. Natal Pluto can reveal clues as to
where and how sexual obsession also occurs; I leave
that to your imagination.
All the sexual experiences conveyed throughout this two-part essay are not limited to natal, transit or synastry astrology. They can happen anytime to anyone without noticeable transits or synastry connections. The spectrum of human sexuality can show astrologically but not always. Your own most direct experience is or should be your final source of authority especially when it comes to sex. The living territory of life itself is where the truth is. Maps, if interpreted accurately, can at most guide you to that territory.
FORCES AS SEXUAL REALITIES, PART ONE
Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars