The Sequence of the Aspects

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The convex mirror

The convex mirror (22.18.a) has a dispersing effect, placing the Self in a focal point outside of itself. This leads the Self to end up outside of its own field. Depending on how far the Self-awareness has crystallized already, it can either play a conscious role in that outside world, or be sucked up by it (23.5).

Enlarging or reducing the image

These projections of the Moon nearly always imply an enlargement or reduction of the image. In one’s perception, a molehill can quickly become a mountain, and in the eyes of the perpetrator, a gross negligence can seem like a bagatelle. The Moon likes to either exaggerate or to play down the facts. The Moon also prefers to look away. This makes the Moon the play-actor, the persona, in each human being.
Still, by passing through the aspects’ sequence, this subjective impression of things will ultimately be adjusted to reality, enabling the person to achieve some amount of objectivity after all. When all this must be experienced step by step, it will take some time. Alternatively, one moment of illuminating clarity can also yield great insight.


Passive reflection

During our journey in time along one specific aspect’s arc, the reflection or feedback from the objective world makes us aware of the temporal nature of our Self. Because of this reflection at the circumference, the mirror function of objectivity is automatically guaranteed. However, as a turnaround point, this objectivity merely implies a reflection. The image is merely mirrored back by it. Now this outer reflection must still be converted into inversion.


Reflection and inversion

Inner reorientation does not arise from the object or any other structure, but from the Moon. In other words, we cannot merely delegate or even outsource our development to our circumstances. Reflection and inversion may be related, but each takes place in a different dimension. Reflection takes place through an object; inversion takes place in the Moon. Only the major aspects are involved in this process.
Reflection yields it harvest in the course of a time period; inversion occurs in a flash.


Redefining the Self

Inversion implies redefining the Self. In order to help us imagine this, we can view the aspects’ arc as a rotating movement starting with the outgoing conjunction, a movement that emerges from the Self and step by step fixates the force in the circumstances, screwing itself into them, as it were. In this process, the Self, through its subjective appreciation, becomes interwoven with its circumstances ever more intensely. In the end, it will identify completely with its moods and feelings, and as the screwing motion deepens, these will present an ever stronger physical component.
Turning around this movement results in the loosening of the screw, shedding a sudden light on the whole aspects’ sequence, up to and including the incoming conjunction as its end point. This is followed by a process of inner redefining and new identification of the Self. Inversion, therefore, shakes us free from our automatic reaction patterns; one might say that in the inversion, the planets break loose from the Signs and become available in their pure, uncolored form (11.2.a). This can be seen as another form of objectivation.


Elevation exaltation and free will

Through the aspects, the planets and Signs begin to function together as an integrated organism. This integration is realized by the Moon, who forms the fabric of our lives. We now see that this same Moon can also undo this integration, or, depending on one’s perspective, take it to a higher level. In this breaking free from the Signs, we will see the planets – and therefore ourselves – as belonging to another dimension of reality.
This power of the Moon, where inversion leads to elevation and objectification, is what grants us our Free Will (3.1 and 25.3). The organ of the free Self, Pluto, is connected to this as well.




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