When two different forces opperate in close proximity to each other, over time the nature of these forces may appear to be one of the same. Perhaps the middle east or the Korean situations echo this theory of two “forces”. Many clients who enter therapy often describe the “war Zone” in their heads and their need for peace. It would seem that while two equal and adjacent energies stand firm in opposition, a helpful process would be to differentiate the forces by creating a boundary fence. In between the two fences can be (what is called) the demilitarized zone. The DMZ in one’s head is also perhaps an interim space where a degree of differentiation between the forces becomes a Mind Field of potential.
In military terms, a demilitarized zone (DMZ) is an area, usually the frontier or boundary between two or more military powers(or alliances), where military activity is not permitted, usually by peace treaty, armistice or other bilateral or multilateral agreement. Often the demilitarized zone lies upon a line of control and forms a de-facto international border.
We all experience “voices in the head”, it can be our conscience speaking or perhaps a driving and motivational inner voice, spurring us on to achieve greatness? The dichotomy of the voices within can be the chatter between one psychological drive and another. Sometimes these voices can be at “war” with each other for long periods of time. This process may have an impact on one’s personality and develop into neuroses.
The potential for this kind of psychic inner chatter can be identified in a couple of ways via the astrology chart. Two planets conjunct in the chart, a planet in Gemini or a configuration involving one planet laying between two others (beseigement or midpoint structures). In some cases the astrological dichotomy theory is where two different planets receive the same light from one other planet. It could be a T square or one planet trine and square two other planets at the same time.
Conjunctions in the natal chart are two different planets co joining their energies which then seem to generate a new or unique ‘flavour’ in tandem. The inner authoritative voice of the Drill Sergant can be harsh at times and represent Saturnian influences demanding the other parts of personality “fall in line” to his kind of working structure.
The drill sergant may or may not be Saturn in the chart however in principle, the drill sergant represents one planetary emphasis seeking dominance over an other. The problem that can arise between the duality of energy-combinations is when a person develops confusion between how the individual planetary functions are supposed to work. It may be that a current life circumstance presents a situation where one planet (one aspect of personality) has a “need” to differentiate from the other; to have its voice and be recognised independantly. The other planet in this combination may be demanding control; that the other planet (energy) relinquish power to them. The war zone in ones head can be the battle between these two energies; of “staying the same and changing” in order to accomodate new life experiences.
Some of the main astrological combinations generating dichotomy’s in my opinion are: Uranus Pluto, Jupiter Saturn, Jupiter Neptune, Saturn Neptune, Pluto Saturn, Uranus Saturn, Sun Saturn, Moon Saturn, Venus Saturn, Mars Saturn, Mars in Gemini and Mars in Libra.
The transits of Uranus to co joined natal planets are timely events indeed and perhaps represent the need for differentiating the ‘identity’ of two planets. The Uranus transit demands that the two planets be separate, to ‘know’ their individual form in the scheme of personality. Perhaps Uranus can symbolically represent the separation process here and the initial struggle bewteen the dividing co joined forces.
The initial individuation process requires creating a demilitarized zone where the person can reflect and recognise how the the two forces work together. Eventually the person may begin to understand how the two planets (energies) work independantly from one another too. Its a precarious inner-psychic zone indeed, its a Mind Field where neutrality and an agreement for non shouting – non demanding can hopefully expand to produce something else for the person. Of course the trick is not to create extreme divisions that perpetuate another kind of duality issue namely “splitting off” in personality.
One must initially agree to the DMZ and “sign the contract” in order to facilitate change. That means both parts of the dichotomy (co-joined planets) are required to form a working relationship in order to move forward in the current life circumstance. The wall or boundary is a temporary distinction that is helpful for the integration to ocurr and ultimately the two energies will hopefully co exist in a new Mind Field and without the need for the DMZ boundary fence.