a Family Affair
According to astrologer Liz Greene, planetary configurations for purposes
of illustration can be likened to small families of planets residing
within the birth chart - and the birth chart may contain more than one
of these little families. (It gets even more fun when one planet belongs
to two or more of the small families....)
a nutshell... planetary "families" are systems of interconnected
and interdependent individuals, none of which can be fully understood
and/or appreciated in isolation from the rest of the system.
like our families, all planetary configurations are at least a wee bit
neurotic and dysfunctional in nature. Granted, some tend to be more
dysfunctional than others.
Borrowing heavily from the "Bowen Family Systems Theory,"
some dysfunctional families are totally clueless about any of the problems
and/or issues going on in their family. Everyone goes about playing
their designated, agreed upon, and expected role in the family; and
so life in the family goes on unimpeded.
are called Closed Systems or Families. Closed Families don't appreciate
other people horning in and messing with the harmony of their perfect
little family. Closed Families tend to have a basic core "dynamic"
with predictable patterns of behavior.
therapist Nathan Ackerman's concept of "homeodynamic principle"
holds that following an interruption (such as family therapy) of these
patterns of behavior, the previous family patterns tend to re-emerge.
the birth chart, some planetary configurations are like this clueless
family. These are the Closed configurations.
to Recognize a Closed configuration? Closed configurations
will have all equal sides and equal angles. Symbolically this means
that Closed configurations don't appreciate other planets horning
in and messing with their perfect little family. And the three most
common Closed planetary configurations are: the Stellium
(See "Thick As A Brick" for info on Stelliums), the Grand Trine,
and the Grand Cross.
a closed family there are no obvious visual "focus" points that can
give any clues as to the behavior of the configuration and/or which
planet (or planets) will act as the central character(s) or focal
is a Grand Trine qualitatively better than a Grand Cross? You'll have
to answer that question for yourself. Would you rather be the "Brady
Bunch" or "All In the Family?"
Other family systems are aware of that fact that they're dysfunctional.
This family is only too cognizant of the fact that something's "not
quite right." The Open Family is experiencing tension and stress among
family members - and this family recognizes they've got some very serious
communication problems and/or issues going on. And since this family
wisely recognizes the tension and stress among family members, the open
family is more "open" to possible change and intervention.
Therefore, they often make the wise decision to go together for family
to Liz Greene, in the astrological chart, some planetary configurations
are like this family who decides to go in for therapy. These are the
Open configurations. The Open planetary
configurations consist of the T-square, Kite, Yod and (almost) everything
else not included in the Closed configurations. These Open
planetary configuration families are conscious enough to recognize
that they are experiencing pain, distress, and tension within the
family unit. They recognize their need for outside intervention and
(most importantly) change.
The focus planet is the planet on the far right hand side of the chart.
The Yod is sometimes called the Neurotic planetary
Let's take a closer look at the Yod...
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Alright...alright... remain calm... it's now time to focus briefly
on the Yod...