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"2nd House vs. 8th House & Honor"
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The New Way to Learn Astrology : Presenting the Noel Tyl Method by Basil Fearrington Llewellyn Publication, Oct. 1999.
www.NoelTyl.com -- an astrology tip every two weeks or so.
Star Trek: Voyager, episode title: "Night" - astrology conflict
The solution to problems caused by Values in Conflict always involves Honor (10th House Honor and Career). 2nd and 8th "Houses" in Astrology are opposite each other, and in natural conflict, (or developmental tension) like "4th and 10th - home and career".
As I've been pointing out in the WorldCrafters Guild at simegen.com, the richest source of universally understood conflict is symbolized by the horoscope - 12 "Houses" in a circle, 6 naturally opposed to the other 6. Self vs. Other.
The clearest explanation of the Houses I've yet found is in "Houses Their Signs and Planets" Vol. 2 of "The Principles and Practice of Astrology" by Noel Tyl, which is currently out of print. This month, October 1999, a new book is coming out, The New Way to Learn Astrology : Presenting the Noel Tyl Method by Basil Fearrington.
At this writing, in August, I haven't seen the new book, so I emailed Noel Tyl and here's what he wrote back within the hour: "the New Way" presents the Tyl method. ...it's super...Fearrington has been a protege of mine for about 17 years!" signed: Noel - NoelTyl.com (noeltyl.com???)
So I quicklikeabunny checked out www.noeltyl.com and you know what? It's terrific. If you have any interest in Astrology, you must delve into this website.
These 6 conflicts form the matrix of internal conflicts which define personality, and power the plots of our "real" lives. The Art of Fiction is to portray reality formed of these 6 basic conflicts.
This morning I watched a rerun of a ST:VOYAGER episode, "Night," which clearly demonstrates the 2nd House vs. 8th House conflict resolved with Honor.
"Night" begins with an episode of "Captain Proton" -- where Tom and Harry play movie-serial heroes on the holodeck. Tom, as Captain Proton, lays his life on the line to protect the innocent which is Tom's 2nd House Value that he shares with Captain Janeway.
Meanwhile, Janeway is suffering guilt for following that Value to save the Ocampans, thus stranding Voyager in the Delta Quadrant.
The crew is bored silly crossing a void where there are no stars and nothing is happening. Suddenly the power goes off, and alien intruders invade the ship. A large freighter rescues Voyager by destroying several of the attacking alien ships - just as Captain Proton would do.
But no! This alien captain demands payment for the torpedoes expended saving Voyager! That's an 8th House value -- opposing the Values of Captain Proton, Tom, and Janeway with whom we identify. It is My Value (2nd House) vs. Values of Others (8th House).
Respecting the Values of Others, Voyager agrees to pay, but not by surrendering the Intruder they have captured to the freighter captain. Again Honor (10th House) interacts with 2nd House. Second and Tenth are at a harmonious angle to each other. Via your Career (10th), you gain Money (2nd). Via Honor (10th) you gain Self Respect (2nd).
It turns out the freighter is dumping polluted waste in this void, the home of the Intruders, and thus killing the innocent resident aliens simply because the wormhole makes it very cheap to dispose of the waste this way.
Janeway offers to GIVE AWAY recycling technology to the polluters to save the innocent residents. For that, Voyager will get the location of a wormhole that leads out of this "Night" cutting 2 years off the voyage.
Freighter Captain refuses on the grounds that if his civilization used this device, it would destroy the lucrative pollution dumping industry. Again 8th House Values (the Values of "others" -- of Strangers -- of "The Majority") clash with those of 2nd House, "Self."
Janeway's solution is to sacrifice herself to save the innocent residents, which will also get Voyager out through the wormhole and close it behind them. The crew refuses her sacrifice. Janeway accepts an alternate which would, if it works, get Voyager out through the wormhole and still close it behind them.
They try it and it works, but they have to blow up the freighter in the process. They go on, hoping to encounter the polluting civilization and give them recycling engineering.
The Values in conflict are "Help the Innocent no matter what it costs you" vs. "Help the Innocent only if there's a profit in it for you." Either value can be 2nd House or 8th House. The only difference between 2nd and 8th House is "point of view" -- a writer's primary tool.
From the Freighter Captain's point of view, Voyager is the Evil Enemy bent on destroying his livelihood.
The plot, Polluters vs. Innocent Victims, is founded on Janeway's own internal conflict -- "Always Defend The Innocent vs. But At What Price to the Self?"
We can see Janeway's conflict at the beginning of the episode from the Captain Proton 1940's style Movie Serial. Every decision she makes weighs the cost to Voyager as never before. In the end, she does put Voyager at risk -- but this time with the express consent of the crew, partially relieving her guilt. Thematically, her Honor is polluted by unilaterally trapping her "innocent" crew in the Delta Quadrant. This episode cleanses her Honor by recycling the decision to defend the innocent.
Many people dislike ST:Voyager because it's about the inner life of a female Captain who is a true Hero driven by the demands of Honor. If you dislike ST:Voyager, just watch about 6 episodes of your favorite series, -- say Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, or starting this fall, it's spinoff, Angel, or maybe one of the other new shows. Television is uniquely suited to the study of Astrology because the medium demands that stories be stripped down to their vital essence, and that usually reveals astrological principles shaping the character's lives.
Watch carefully, and you will surely see a script where one of the 6 pairs of conflicts inherent in the horoscope oppositions form the basis of the internal and external conflict lines.
Those pairs are: 1st vs. 7th. (Self vs. Other; The Battle of the Sexes, Individual vs. Public, Individuality vs. Group Identity) 2nd vs. 8th, 3rd vs. 9th (personal philosophy and way of thinking vs. philosophy of your group, nation, The World e.g. what you think is right vs. The Law), 4th vs. 10th, (home vs. career), 5th vs. 11th (love of your children, your best friend, or what you've built or created, vs. love of public accolades, or having many acquaintances, or doing a little bit of a lot of things), 6th vs. 12th (the work of your life, your service vs. the work of the large, external, organization. Your purpose in doing your job vs. the corporation's purpose in the marketplace.)
These are the conflicts formed by Opposition -- which are usually about Self vs. Other so they're relatively easy to resolve in a relationship driven story. But the Squares are even more fertile ground for the storyteller looking for a rich conflict to comment on. If you learn the rudiments of Astrology, you can learn to spot Astrology used as the basis of a story. There's more of it on TV than you might think.
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