In astrology, birth charts almost always reflect at least one if not several ‘mathematical oppositions‘ between the planets; in other words,they’re placed 180 degrees apart. Thus the energies between two planets (or sometimes several planets if they are ‘sitting next to each other’) are at first glance, at ‘odds’. These placements in a birth chart remain constant throughout this lifetime, as do other mathematical relationships between planetary energies such as squares, conjunctions or trines, just to name a few. What they have in common is that in these relationships, they reflect particular evolutionary challenges or support that we’re meant to work with. And as with all configurations in our chart, these placements are the Soul’s messengers delivering the syllabus for this lifetime’s Soul agenda.
When seeing one or more oppositions in a chart some traditional astrologers might sigh and mutter “oh, dear…dear…” But in evolutionary astrology, we look for the higher expression of the placements; in other words, what are the symbols trying to tell us and how can we best use their energies for our Soul growth? While you might not think so, even with oppositions there’s a ray of sunshine…there is a point of common ground to be had that’s mutually beneficial. We just have to see it.
Case in point: Sagittarius is on the eternal quest: what’s the ‘meaning of life’? Why are we here? That’s a pretty big question and because Sag is ruled by expansive Jupiter, details are not terribly important…just give the broad stroke of the brush and get to the point… which is why Sagittarians ( or those with significant Sagittarius in their birth chart), can suss out underlying principles faster than a speeding bullet!
Enter Gemini, the sign opposite Sagittarius in the zodiac. Gemini is the epitome of ‘curious’… “inquiring minds want toKNOW HOW AND WHY…that’s Gemini. Gemini ruled by Mercury, is a ‘mind sign’…those Geminis are always thinking and despite their fast minds, they can get mired in ‘wool gathering minutiae’ in trying to decide which train is better to board. Sagittarius on the other hand says, ‘to hell with that, I’m out of here, I’m just getting on a train and will figure it out later’….So where is the common ground here? Actually it’s in the middle…both signs have a desire to explore and learn, it’s just that each uses a different methodology. However in their desire, each is prone to ‘impatience‘ in their search.
The energy of every opposition in a chart is unique because it depends on the planets and signs involved. Nevertheless, within the nature of oppositions there will be some facet of impatience or agitation involved. Finding the common ground emotionally is the key to pacifying the energy so that the best of both can be utilized and in this effort, we can call upon Dr. Bach’s ‘impatiens’ flower remedy to help support this process.
Impatiens was one of Edward Bach’s original ‘Twelve Healers’ and is the one remedy in his 38 flower remedies whose name exactly describes the emotion meant to be addressed; impatience! The positive action of impatiens (which by the way, is one of the five flower remedies Bach put in his famous ‘Rescue Remedy’) is that it brings about a shift within our perception of calming down and embracing TOLERANCE within ourselves and for others.
So, when we’re feeling particularly agitated or intolerant within ourselves or with others(!), it’s most likely because one or more oppositions in our natal chart have been activated by a current planetary transit to these points in our chart. Nevertheless, Bach’s Impatiens or Rescue Remedy are there for you, you just have to reach out for them!
DR. EDWARD BACH’S IMPATIENS
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