16 Jul 2007

Age Point and LifeClock

Venetian Doors by Maylis Curie

Doors. Portals. Gateways. It doesn’t matter which name you use as they all symbolise a threshold which, when crossed, will take us into a new and different physical place or state of mind. Psychologically, doors can represent the threshold between past and future, between what has gone before and what is yet to come. Doorways, what they represent and what might be beyond them, can be exciting, forbidding, intriguing, scary, interesting, fascinating and stimulating.

Janus, the two-headed Roman god whom the month of January is named after, is depicted as a doorkeeper with one head looking back and one forward, the guardian of the first month of the year. In Roman mythology, Janus was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings, and endings.

The on-going movement of the Age Point around the chart constantly offers opportunities for us to open doors to new psychological life phases and ways of being; the journey is progressive and at each stage there is something new to learn and experience about ourselves and the world we inhabit. There are the doors which lead us from one House of the chart to the next, and these are probably rather large and impressive as they mark the end of one psychological life phase and the beginning of the next. Being right on the cusp of a House, these doors can be flung wide open to the world in a big way - we have to go through them so we may as well enjoy the view! Then there are the doors which we pass through as the Age Point changes Sign. Perhaps these doorways are painted the colour of the element of that Sign; if so, a dazzling and vibrant blue door is not far away for me as my Age Point moves towards the Sign of Cancer! Then there are the doors which lead from the Cardinal to the Fixed zone of each House, and from the Fixed to the Mutable zone.

Of course, we must not forget that the doors which open on to the Mutable zone are the doors to the Low Point of each House. These may be less spectacular and impressive. They may appear dowdy or forbidding, perhaps even hidden away from public view, but once opened they can offer a direct route to the central core of the chart and to the connection between self and Higher Self. Louise Huber says that when we are on a Low Point, it is easier to get in touch with the soul’s purpose. These doors may appear less attractive, but there are hidden riches behind them.

Joseph Campbell, the author of many books on mythology said, “When you follow your bliss….doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn’t be a door for anyone else”. When I read this, I realised that his words could be related directly to the movement of the Age Point through the metaphorical doors I’ve been speaking about. Of course, these doors are uniquely your doors and uniquely my doors - they are experienced differently for every one of us. And if we follow our bliss we must do so willingly, knowing that whatever life phase we are travelling through is transient….and that at its end there will always be another door, leading us to a new beginning.

This article, together with the picture of the doors, appears on the front cover
of the July issue of “Conjunction”, the API (UK) magazine which focusses on Age Progression and aspect patterns.

Copies of “Conjunction” are available from the APA on-line Book Shop.

You can sample "Conjunction" on-line at the APA website.


Lesley said...

There I was drinking coffee thinking that I was late!
I heard the post and went to retrieve the pile on the floor.
I opened Conjunction and did not move for an hour or more...
Riveted with so many good articles...I thought that it was great.
I really enjoyed the contents and found them extremely helpful.

By the way ...I was late!

Thank you so much....


barbara said...

Hi Joyce,
As usual, very interesting.
I was brought back to your interpretation of my natal chart, and remembering that you mentioned that I'am in the low point about this time.
It is the mid-point of life. I have already opened & closed quite a number of doors, and at this point might be akin to the "mid life crisis". But crisis is a harsh word.
It is about life and changing with it.

Have a nice day, and see you soon.

Joyce Hopewell said...

Thank you Lesley & Barbara!

So pleased to hear you enjoyed "Conjunction" Lesley - I thought it was a cracking good issue too, thanks to Editor Sara.

Interesting to hear your comments and view of the Low Point, Barbara. Yes, you are on the "big one"...and crisis, in Chinese philosophy, means both danger and opportunity. I guess it depends how to you approach this Low Point, but it is all about a change in life orientation. You are facing it positively and working cooperatively with it!

Joyce :-)