Development in the Zodiac

1. Impulsion (aries)
Activity that is self-motivated, unaffected by others. New beginnings, the start of new cycles, birth, vitality. Aggressive, willful, assertive. Focused in short bursts, unlikely to sustain interest in the long term. Adventurous, pioneering, warrior-type energy, impatient, works best alone. Unconcerned with approval or acceptance. Lacks persistence and stamina. Honest and forthright.

2. Manifestation (taurus)
Grounding, bringing down to earth. Constancy, steadiness, entering matter, taking on a form. Earthy, grounded, in touch with the body. Sensual, pleasure seeking. Stubborn, fixed, stands their ground. Focuses and concentrates energy, gives it concrete expression. Practical, provides stamina and persistence. Slow, steady, methodical.

3. Interaction (gemini)
Clever, curious, communication. Making connection with surroundings. Trying to figure out, intelligence. Talkative, sociable, loves to interact with others on a superficial level. Unemotional, impersonal, ruled by rationality. Requires great mental stimulation. Playful, inconstant, attention easily drifts so something new, seeks novelty.

4. Emotion (cancer)
Nurturing, support, emotional bonding, belonging, roots, source. Ground of your being. The unconscious, feelings, emotion, first emotional attachments to the world. Mothering, emotional and physical nurturing. Experiences and imprinting during infancy and childhood. Family, ancestors, heritage, relationships to the past. Belonging, feeling at home, caring. Feeling supported, that needs are provided for. Insecurities and fears if your needs haven’t been fulfilled.

5. Expression (leo)
Ego development, setting yourself apart from the rest of the world. Becoming your own person. Self-expression, being true to your inner nature, acting from the heart. Dawning awareness of self in relation to others. Ego, self-centred, arrogant. Artistic or creative expression. Needs to be a center of attention, likes to be noticed and appreciated, ego-strokes. Personal integrity, true to self, honorable, trustworthy, self-assured, confident.

6. Function (virgo)
Embodiment of the individual in the world. Problems of adjustment dealing with the world and others. Perfection of the approach to life. Development of mundane skills, ability to change to adapt to life better. Service, helping, perfectionist, always seeking to improve, efficiency, practical, functional, analytical. Interested in crafts and projects, true to self in a simple, unassuming manner. Reacts to defeats and setbacks by pulling back and altering approach. Lacks confidence in the face of opposition, lives up to duties and responsibilities. Interested in maintaining the body as a fit vehicle.

7. Reflection (libra)
Individual entering into relationship with others, partnership. One-to-one relationships. Meeting others as an equal, interdependency. Encountering repressed part of yourself through others. Going beyond ego boundaries. Peace, harmony, balance, social awareness. Learning how to get along with others, treating others as equals. Art, beauty, harmonious surroundings, distressed by inharmonious interactions. Dialogue, debate, conflict, enemies, justice.

8. Integration (scorpio)
Transformation, change, ego-death, rebirth, transcendence. Intense emotional involvement with the process of personal growth. Movement from individual certainties to the mysteries of life. Spirit breaking through the limitations of  the individual ego. Intense, passionate, brooding, magnetic, unyielding, driven by emotions. Stands up for self, usually covertly, manipulates power. Understands deeper layers of the psyche beyond the ego, unable to communicate this well leading to misunderstandings. Intrigued by the dark side of life. The underground, people whose job involves going beneath surface appearances. Breaking free of illusory limitations. Self-mastery.

9. Vision (sagittarius)
Becoming a member of a wider society. Experiences that lead to consciousness expansion. Being receptive to new points of view, wisdom, enlightenment. Using your talents for the benefit of the greater whole. Freedom loving, idealist, unfettered by small thinking, inspiration, religion, philosophy, the law. Awareness of connections to the rest of the world, can be distant from others. Afraid to give up freedom, reluctant to be tied down, aware of the value of the social contract. Enthusiastic, generous, loves abstract, theoretical ideas, sees the big picture, ignores the details. In love with an ideal, strong opinion. Foreign travel, liberating experiences.

10. Construction (capricorn)
Bring about the perfect society. Making practical, efficient connections with others on the physical plane. Ambitious, feels pride in accomplishments. Reality, hard facts. Relationship to authority. Serious, determined, disciplined, focused. Fathering, disciplining love. Authority figures. Seeks certainties in life. Want things in concrete. Concerned with the practical relationships to support yourself within society. Not interested in blue sky ideas, needs to bring theory into concrete reality. Knowing the rules and playing the game.

11. Invention (aquarius)
Freedom and cooperation between individuals. Free-thinking, unorthodox, far-sighted, idealistic, utopian. Impersonal thinking, detached from emotional considerations. Interested in focusing the mind to formulate new and unusual ways of dealing with people, groups society and the world. Progressive view of things and rarely follow the beaten path. An insatiable urge for discovering that which isn’t known. Or developing that which is known into something which is new, refreshing and completely different.

12. Compassion (pisces)
Surrender to the universe, to higher goals, ego sacrifice. Compassion and empathy, selfless work. Seeing the unity of all things. The end of cycles, forming seeds for the next cycle of growth. Mysticism, fails to make normal distinctions. Laziness, victim, martyr, servant. Tends to escapism. Fantasy, drugs, alcohol, religion. Very receptive, sensitive, even psychic. Co-dependency, care-taking.


Birth: Action (aries)

0 – 7: Manifestation (taurus)

7 -14: Interaction (gemini)

14-21: Emotion – Expression (cancer – leo)

21-35: Function (virgo)

35-42: Reflection (libra)

42-49: Integration – Vision (scorpio – sagittarius)

49-63: Construction (capricorn)

63-77: Invention (aquarius)

77-84: Compassion (pisces)


Age 7: Saturn square

Age 14: Saturn opposition, Uranus square

Age 21: Saturn square

Age 28: Saturn return


Age 35: Saturn square

Age 42: Saturn opposition, Uranus opposition

Age 49: Saturn square

Age 56: Saturn return


Age 63: Saturn square

Age 70: Saturn opposition, Uranus square

Age 77: Saturn square

Age 84: Saturn return, Uranus return



  1. LTNS Anne~
    It’s been months without contact in written letters.
    But I wan’t you to know that such dis-contact was due to my extraordinary situation which right now I’m not free to explain.
    More-on, I was going through your posts, especially on the extremely heplful and informative ones on D.Bohm, and now finally got to leave you a comment here.

    While going through your sincere writings, I concluded to read every one of your posts, one by one, from the very beginning, to correspond your sincerity. This is why I’m leaving my comment to this post.

    I understand your distinction between the phenomenological state of human beings. Actually it’s creative. Especially the last phases, that is, those of through number 10 to 12, are which attracts me most.

    I have some questions concerning on this post. Maybe your reply and explanation will lead me deeper into your ideas:

    1. You have distinguished a life span of human beings into several phases using the zodiac symbols. I’m wondering if you mean that only one of the twelve a human being performs in such a period of time in its life.

    2. What does the ‘saturn square’ mean? I’m just curious about the concept; I’ve never heard of it before.

    3. Doesn’t each phase, individually, have some characteristic (or element, whatever that may be unless it is something contained in it) sharing with another phase? As far as I understand, phases 1 ~ 3 deals the pre-consciousness, and 4 ~ 6 deals the consciousness-in-the-society, and 7 ~ 9 the super-consciousness, and finally 10 ~ 12 the spirit-as-a-whole. I agree that each the phases may be distinguished by its major function and characteristics, but I wonder whether each phases can serve as an independent island with keen borders.

    Hope to hear from you.
    Health and Peace.

    1. Hi Ighim

      You have some really very interesting questions. I will try to answer them according to my own understanding, which is just a view based upon different theories.

      1. As I see it, there might be an emphasis on one of the twelve. But that does not necessary have to be the sign that ‘belongs’ to that phase. And that does also no mean that the rest is ‘inactive’. Every phase has the cycle in itself too.
      As an example, the transition into puberty, might just as easy be at another age then 14. Maybe earlier, maybe much later. The essence is that the individual ‘thinks and acts totally independent from his background’. And the transition in itself has that same development, from sudden action (1) to sustaining, focus and growth (2) to gathering and exchanging information (3) and so on.

      2. Saturn and Uranus are used as a way to describe the time of a human life. Their transition makes aspects to the place at the time of a persons birth. The whole of a human life is symbolised from birth until Uranus is returned on the same place as it was with the birth of that human. That is around the age of 84. In that same time, Saturn comes back for the third time on its position of birth. And in the meantime every 7 years Saturn makes another challenging aspect with the postition of birth, and Uranus every 14 years.
      If they happen together, like around puberty (Saturn opposition and Uranus square) it symbolises the first major change. And around midlife the second (Uranus opposition and Saturn’s second opposition) it is another major change.

      3. There are many ways to look at it, but my main focus is on the differentiation between pre-individual (1-4) individual (5-8) and post-individual (9-12).
      I would not say 4-6 deals with consciousness in society, because I think society begins with ‘collective inside’ which is 7-8-9. I would say 4-5-6 is ‘personal inside’.
      If I would have to differentiate in consciousness I would use the 3-7-11 for consciousness and 4-8-12 for the unconscious.
      3-7-11 differ in that 3 is pre-individual consciousness (what you learn at school, from books and with interactions), 7 is individual consciousness (reflection on yourself as an individual) and 11 is the post-individual consciousness (internet and other forms of global interaction).
      The same with the unconscious, 4 is the pre-individual unconsious (personal emotions combined with family and cultural background), 8 is the individual unconsious (psyche and shadow) and 12 the post-individual unconscious (collective unconscious like dreams and myths).

      Another interesting question is if each phase can seen as an independent island. I think in reality it can not, as everything can be a combination of several phases at the same time. But as an archetype, each is very different. Sagittarius as an archetype is completely different from Capricorn (expansion versus contraction) and Gemini is completely different from Cancer (intelligence versus emotion).
      But each has a cyclic development on its own. So even with Sagittarius there is a phase of realism (Capricorn) in the cycle of, for example, philosophy (Sagittarius).

      I hope it all makes a bit sence, if not feel free to ask again.


  2. Thanks Anne, for your genorous and immediate explanation.
    It reveals my shortcomings in understanding your writing, and fortunately drives me more into your theory and thoughts.

    I’m satisfied with your replies on all my three questions. They are 100 percent helpful.

    So I conclude that
    the zodiac which you have provided is a stereotype
    of the different phases of human beings,
    and from here you may well likely to develop your own analysis
    on human mind structure,
    using, by combination and mixture, of these phases.

    I’ll pass on to your second post and leave some premature questions there also ^_^

    Thanks in advance.

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