The Astrology of Friendship or Why THEY drop ME !

The English word ‘friend’ is related to the Old English word ‘freo’ meaning to be ‘free’, ‘exempt from’, ‘not in bondage’.

The primary sense seems to have been ‘beloved, friend, to love’, which in some languages (notably Germanic and Celtic) developed also a sense of ‘free’, perhaps from the terms ‘beloved’ or ‘friend’ being applied to the free members of one’s clan (as opposed to slaves).

Interestingly, ‘friend’ (Old English ‘freond’) was paired alliteratively with ‘feond’ or ‘fiend’ (the enemy) although of course they weren’t directly related.

Astrologically, the state of your friendships can be understood through the symbolism of your 11th house.

I have no planets in my 11th house and Taurus is on my 11th house cusp.

I don’t have many friends.  I’m not sure why this is the case, however, because it hasn’t always been this way.  In my teens, I happily belonged to a very popular clique.  My best friend in those days was a Virgo (Virgo is on the cusp of my 3rd house which symbolises among other things – neighbours – of which she was my closest one).

Today, I tend to attract Taurus types.  And although you’d think that all my planets in Libra would get on well with Taurus (both Libra and Taurus are ruled by Venus), it hasn’t worked out that way.  Initially it seems that Taurus and I have much in common.    I’m attracted to their strength and practicality.  I enjoy basking in the motherly warmth they radiate.

But then it all goes wrong.  They become cold, critical, exacting, and possessive.

My Gemini moon (fast-footed and ‘free’) takes fright…. and not surprising, suddenly they drop me.

Capricorns always win/ but why?

For those with sun in Capricorn, know that Saturn is your sun’s ruler.

If you want to know why Capricorns have such a hard time in life, read on…the more you learn about Saturn, the more you’ll understand your plight.

For the Druids, the Oak tree symbolises the turning of the year – the trials and tribulations all of nature goes through to become all that it is meant to be. The Oak is sacred to the Druids because of its strength and endurance. Like the hare and the tortoise, Capricorn doesn’t win because of his speed.

Like the Oak, Saturn is a survivor. But survival doesn’t come easy and it’s usually not much fun.

Astrological Saturn grounds you and establishes boundaries that contain you (for good or ill). Saturn shows where you are weak and vulnerable so that that you can strengthen yourself. Saturn points out where you should be fearful – if you are to survive. Saturn tells you to pay attention and go more slowly, look deeper and learn from your mistakes. With Saturn it is de rigour that you take responsibility. With Saturn, the buck stops with you.

As my favourite astrologer Karen Thorne once told me, (eventually) Capricorns always win.  With Saturn’s stoic determination behind them, it’s not hard to understand why.

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