The Ascendant Point
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In the second outpouring from the Center, involving dis-union (7.2), the Center expresses itself by means of polarization. In this disunion or division, we recognize the core character of Mars: placing itself in opposition. In this way, the Center has made itself available for projection once again, but this time by subjecting itself to time and place, expressing itself in a localized form. In so doing, it steps out of the Omen principle, the symbiotic unity. Now the ability to know can develop. This knowing, however, will be limited to the characteristics of that specific time and place, and is therefore subjective.
Separation and knowing go hand in hand. A Mars conscious of its state of separation is aware of the partial character of any truth it may have conquered. If the Self would claim the right to total truth, this indicates a lack of awareness of its own state of separation, as well as a lack of awareness of the nature of its own Self.
Nevertheless, Mars also represents the yearning for manifested existence, with the ability to stand in opposition. So ultimately, he also stands for the ability to get to know the inner Sun. After all, the setup of the horoscope itself has shown us that this oneness principle is inherent to its own manifested existence.
His ability to separate himself places him outside this oneness, yet at the same time, he is the knower who is able to become aware of himself as a separate Self.
Through these two forms of revelation, unity and separation (7.1), the Center interacts with itself. The world of objectivity confronts the separate Self, while the Self contributes to it at the same time. It is within this interaction that scientific activities take place.
Initially, in his attempt to claim oneness, Mars is merely driven by an urge to conquer. But when Mars starts to become aware of his separation, he can step into his true power and start to represent the indwelling Solar principle in a constructive way. Then this unity principle starts to operate in an individual capable of acting consciously.
As we know between Mars and Venus is the Earth, our abode. On the individual level, the Earth is connected to each of us through our own Ascendantpoint. Having regard to the simultaneity of both forms of manifestation this would be, in its simplest form, a conjunction of Mars and Venus. Iif we blend both symbols, and , the symbol of the Earth emerges.
Moreover in the merging of Mars and Venus we find the reflection and octave (23.5) of Pluto, being, as organ of the Ascendantpoint the great initiator (23.9). In Pluto both forms of the Center’s revelation are realized as well as our contribution to it.
In the same way, the Part of Fortune realizes the Center in an individualized form as being grounded, down to earth, living and contributing in the NOW, presenting trough the Ascendant the essence of the centre. So within the Lunar image of the horoscope (9.1), we may in the Ascendantpoint link up to objectivation and liberation. Here the Ascendantpoint and its ruler give space to renewed awareness. (0.1, 1.0.2, 3.1) Here astrology shows itself as containing a spiritual aspect (10.2.a) as well.
The essence of the Part of Fortune can be derived from the formula used for its calculation. In this formula, the Ecliptic values of the three fundamental factors of the horoscope, the Sun, Moon and Ascendant, are the terms that define this immaterial point.
Ascendant + Moon - Sun = Pars