Vulcan sorts ChironMarch 16, 2010
I’ve been reading that some astrologists believe that Vulcan is the true ruler of the sign Virgo. It appears that a new paradigm regarding the planets, the signs and whom-rules-whom, will be emerging in this 21st Century. I daresay as new planets and other celestial bodies are discovered, we shall all be learning to dance on a shifting energetic rug, and having to mind our foot-work.
The story of Vulcan (Hephaestus to the Greeks) is probably my most favourite, and as Vulcan was lamed – as a result of his mother, Juno, chucking him from a cliff – and Chiron is the Wounded Healer, my sense is that these two are inextricably linked by a Doctrine of Signatures, if you like.
Chiron’s wounding was accidental and so too was Vulcan’s because his mother intended to do away with him, yet the lovely Thetis rescued the poor bugger and gave him a happy home and childhood. The rest, as they say, is legend and myth.
Vulcan is a hypothetical planet, no astronomers have forwarded hard evidence that it exists where it is claimed to be, so we’ll have to be patient until the boffins catch up with a planetary energy that ancient astrologists were aware of. Where there is bathwater, there’s usually a baby in the same way as where there is smoke, there’s fire.
Vulcanus (vul CAN is)
Keywords: All that is mighty and powerful. Strength. Intensity.
A symbol of “mighty force,” Vulcanus represents strength and energy in the extreme, and often carries with it a compulsive quality that is not so easy to resist. The erupting volcano is a fitting symbol for the power associated with Vulcanus, but this planet’s strength can refer to matters of emotional intensity as well as to those of sheer physical power.
The opponents of champion prizefighter Muhammad Ali might have thought twice before stepping into the ring to take this heavyweight boxer’s powerful punches, had they known that Ali’s natal Vulcanus (18 degrees Gemini) was exactly semisquare his natal Mars (3 degrees Taurus).
“Cassius Clay is a slave name. I didn’t choose it, and I didn’t want it. I am Muhammad Ali, a free name – it means beloved of God – and I insist people use it when speaking to me and of me.”
Vulcan became a favourite of the Gods because he was useful and skilled. If you want to see-a-man-about-a-horse, as in a Chironic issue is kicking your butt, check out where Vulcan sits in your chart, read his myth, and I betcha you will find a new way of looking at an old issue: just like a Virgin.
Vulcan is only used in esoteric, soul-centered astrology, for its function on the level of the purely personality-centered individual is non-existent. By this I mean, that the purpose of Vulcan is to serve as a transformer and catalyst, destroying those physical, emotional, and mental forms of life that no longer serve the achievement of higher consciousness. – Alan Oken