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Hades. The planet of the underworld. https://youtu.be/u15lw9uCd2Y
In Greek mythology Hades rules the underworld of the dead. It's that dark dank place where people wander around aimlessly in a grey shade living uninteresting lives. So it’s understandable that the Greeks kept Hades at arm’s length because to know Hades not only meant that you were dead, but it meant getting close to things that you really didn’t want to take a look at. This is where Hades seems to occupy a definitive place in our lives.
Hades often operates in primal ways, that is, situations that have originated early or somewhere in the past and we carry on into adulthood with particular deep fears, anxieties, depressions, losses and sadness. But it’s also in their resolution where some part of us on the emotional, spiritual, physical level must break down so that a new awareness and growth can take place. There is sometimes a manifestation on the physical level, as Hades deals with the gut, or ignoring the gut as the case may be which can cause physical encumbrances.
Some of the traditional Hades keywords are matters of decay, unpleasantries, sinister, the criminal, deeply buried things, dirt and garbage. And in its positive, antiques, antiquities, the occult and the esoteric, excavations, and certainly all of the helping professions. It’s very common to see a strong Hades in the chart of doctors and therapists because they are working with people who need their help in some way.
In the spiritual emotional realm Hades is that kind of darkness that we all may feel from time to time where there’s a hopelessness or a despair, where there seems to be no way out, no options, where the power of Hades over us feels absolute. But again, it’s also in the resolution of these issues that drive some of the most beautiful and powerful healing expressions of Hades. Let’s take a look at a couple of different charts to see Hades in manifestation.
Frida Kahlo - Artist
Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter best known for her self-portraits. She painted in a style combining realism, symbolism and surrealism. This is a great example of Hades manifested and channeled into the creative artistic realm.
If we look at her chart you can see that Hades is front and center and touches on the Meridian (which is the soul, the point of individualty) as well as her Ascendant (which is the environmant and how she presents herself in the environment) in this four equal part cross aspect. So the Hades makes a tremendous impact in her chart.
Kahlo suffered lifelong health problems, many of which were the result of a traffic accident at the age of 18. And in the recovering from her injuries she was isolated for long periods of time, and it was through this isolation that much of her painting was influenced. She was also known for her volatile relationships in particular to the artist Diego Rivera. And so her painting expressed much of her physical pain and emotional suffering through their symbolism. Beautiful channeling and expression of the Hades energy.
Charles Manson ~ American criminal
“When I stand on the mountain and say “do it” it gets done, if it don’t get done then I’ll move on it, and that’s the last thing in the world you want me to do”
Charles Manson is an American criminal who led what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune that arose in California in the late sixties. Now Manson was found guilty of the conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people but perhaps what he is best known for is the pop culture that arose around him in which he became an emblem of insanity, an emblem of violence and the macabre. Manson believed in what he called Helter Skelter, a term he took from a song by The Beatles in which he believed there to be an apocalyptic impending race war, and he believed his murders would help precipitate that war.
So when we go to the Meridian, and remember the Meridian is a snapshot of the soul, the point of individuality, right away you see this strong Uranus/Hades midpoint structure. In a chart where there is nothing softening a Uranus/Hades what you get is a classic anger aspect because the Uranus is very disruptive to the Hades energy. Also, Uranus/Hades prominent in a chart is often an indicator that something is very “off” in the character. And what strengthens this even more, is the Mars/Vulcanus completing a 3-point picture. And the Neptune is also there, so with the Neptune you get a highly charismatic and “charlatan like” individual.
The other midpoint structure that is playing in is the Jupiter/Poseidon midpoint which gives him an even more prophetic nature. Positively manifested a Jupiter/Poseidon would be someone with a lot of wisdom or instinct, but that’s not how it’s operating here. The Jupiter/Poseidon instead expands the twisted vision, that prophetic nature.
And let’s go to the Moon, where Hades makes a strong appearance. Remember the Moon is not only the emotional nature but it also represents the mother in the early life. Here you are getting that powerful cross-aspect, the 22.5 degree picture of which Hades is a part. There were many heavy primal issues around the mother, she was an alcoholic as well as a prostitute and had him when she was very young. So you start to get this picture of the early primal issues, the deep feelings of being unloved, the not great character, the anger and the proselytizing-mythologizing nature. Great example of Hades in negative manifestation.
Finally we’re going to take a look at the chart of Oprah Winfrey. If we go to the midpoint Sun/Meridian midpoint, and in Uranian astrology the Sun/Meridian is one of the most important midpoint structures in terms of career because it is a blending of the Sun, what we would like to radiate, and the Meridian which is our soul’s essence and the point of individuality. Now around this very career structure we have a Neptune/Hades midpoint. Neptune/Hades is one of the main structures for humanitarian work and helping professions.