Head and Heart Dilemmas
In our dilemmas, one part of us says one thing while another part says something else. Number of our inner dualities happen between our heart and our head. For instance on the issue of freedom and security, our heart may be moved by compassion (more freedom) while at the same time our head be moved by self-protection (more security).
Anyone who was not a liberal at 20 years of age had no heart, while anyone who was still a liberal at 40 had no head.
– Winston Churchill
One Personality Has Multiple Facets
Our inner life is a stage with a great number of characters in the play. Each characters has its own acting role and individual identity. Our personality has multiple facets. It is normal to show a different personality facet when we are talking to a love one (i.e. your mother) than to a stranger (i.e. a tax auditor). One should not confuse a personality multiple facets with a multiple personality disorder. The first is normal while the second is pathologic. Sun the ego, Mercury the head and Venus the heart are the three leading characters among our personality facets. Only the latter two will be analyzed in this post.
Mercury and Venus Complex Relations
Mercury and Venus are the only two planets orbiting between the sun and the earth. As a result, they are also the solar system fastest two planets. As closest to the sun, quick Mercury correlates to our fast mental abilities. As closest to the earth, magnetic Venus correlates to our attractive connecting abilities. This explains why Mercury and Venus are respectively associated with our head and our heart. Understanding Mercury and Venus roles in our psyche will help us understanding dilemmas between our head and our heart.
If acting as leading characters wasn’t enough for Mercury and Venus, they also happen to play two roles each: one terrestrial (earth) and one celestial (air). Venus and Mercury four archetypal roles are associated with the four zodiac signs they are ruling upon. They are (1) Venus earth = Taurus, (2) Mercury air = Gemini, (3) Mercury earth = Virgo and (4) Venus air = Libra. All theater characters interact with each other, and our inner play is not different. Leading characters have complex interactions and so do Venus and Mercury in our inner life.
As the plot builds on harmonious and tense relationships between characters, conflicts develop. Dilemmas intensity produce engaging scripts and so it does in our inner lives. The good news is that Mercury and Venus never reach the 90 and 180 degrees hard angles. As a result, it is possible to hold them both without having to necessarily make a choice. Not having to choose between our head and our heart may lead to find a third way, a growing step in our personal identity that Carl Jung calls the road to individuation.
By analogy, the cast of characters relates to all planets, signs, houses and aspects in a natal chart. Their relations can become complicated. For now, only Venus and Mercury leading roles will be analyzed. An image being worth 1000 words, visual illustrations of those inner characters would help. This is where the Symbolon deck of cards is becoming in. It includes 78 astrologically related cards. All are associated with our inner characters and designed in scenes with people. Their historic settings draw our unconscious to the past and help some old memories to surface. Not only the cards artworks are superb, but each one will resonate deeply in the forgotten, repressed or hidden unconscious part of our psyche.
Relations between Venus the heart and Mercury the head can be linked to no less than ten correlations represented by ten Symbolon cards as organized in the following spread.
Let’s imagine an horizontal and a vertical line crossing in the center, they will divide the spread in four quadrants. Above the horizontal line (horizon) is the sky and below the earth. To the left of the vertical line is the side dominated by Venus and to the right by Mercury.
The four zodiac signs ruled by Venus and Mercury
The rulers of the 12 zodiac signs represent the 12 basic archetypal characters and to each correspond one Symbolon card. Then each of the remaining cards (78-12=66) will be associated with all possible 66 different pairs of signs (12×11/2=66). Below are the four Venus and Mercury corresponding zodiac signs and cards.
(1) TAURUS (Earth sign ruled by Venus) – Card “The Lover”
Love – SENSUAL LIFE –Sensation
(2) GEMINI (Air sign ruled by Mercury) – Card “The Mediator”
Intelligence – SPIRITUAL LIFE – Thinking
(3) VIRGO (Earth sign ruled by Mercury) – Card “The Assistant”
Help – PRACTICAL LIFE –Feeling
(4) LIBRA (Air sign ruled by Venus) – Card “The Partner”
Beauty – SENTIMENTAL LIFE – Intuition
Note that those four signs correspond also to Carl Jung four functions: two Venus “Perception” (Sensation and Intuition) and two Mercury “Judgment” (Thinking and Feeling).
The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with themselves
Yes, there is only one planet Venus and one planet Mercury in the solar system, but as rulers of the zodiac signs, Venus and Mercury are appearing twice.
(5) TAURUS-LIBRA (Venus Earth-Venus Air) – Card “The Gilded Cage”
Jealousy – CONJUGAL LIFE
(6) GEMINI-VIRGO (Mercury Air-Mercury Earth) – Card “The Strategist”
Strategy – MENTAL LIFE
The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with the same elements
(7) TAURUS-VIRGO (Venus Earth-Mercury Earth) – Card “Clinging”
Greed – MATERIAL LIFE
(8) LIBRA-GEMINI (Venus Air-Mercury Air) – Card “Vanity fair”
Appearance – SOCIAL LIFE
The two pairs of Venus and Mercury with opposite elements
(9) TAURUS-GEMINI (Venus earth-Mercury Air) – Card “The Golden Girl”
Insecurity – PERSONAL LIFE
(10) LIBRA-VIRGO (Venus Air-Mercury Earth) – Card “Everyday in the Relationship”- Dullness – REAL LIFE
Would we not be limited by this post scope, each card would receive an in-depth analysis. Nevertheless, there may already be one card or more which is questioning your inner self. Observe that card in all its details, keep it in the back of your mind and wait for old memories to surface. Sometimes they may come as painful revelations, but the character role awareness will always bring some relief. The corresponding unconscious blocking will no longer affect your conscious actions.
Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” and Symbolon Cards
On one end, the Astro tarology “Flower of Life” is an original organization of the Tarot 22 Major Arcana. On the other, the Symbolon deck 78 cards is an astrological imagery representing the 12 zodiac signs rulers and 66 planets pairs. There is a predictable imperfect correlation between the Tarot 22 Major Arcana and the 22 selected Symbolon cards. The following illustration results from overlaying the 22 Symbolon cards over the Astro Tarology “Flower of Life” 22 Tarot Arcana. As they are based on totally different sets of assumptions, trying to force the two systems to coincide would have required one or both system mutilations, which would have been inappropriate. The mechanically created illustration though, produced a meaningful self-contained new representation. By analogy, it is like taking a song (A) and then assembling a newly created music (A1) and newly created lyrics (A2) of that song (A) into a new song (B=A1+A2) !!