I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about control and it what it means to be controlling. Cardinal signs are said to be controlling, address issues of control. The cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. They resonate to self/action (Aries) and Mars, home/family (Cancer) and the moon, others/relationships (Libra) and Venus and career/goals (Capricorn) and Saturn.
The angles are all cardinal. The 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses are cardinal. Among other things, they show areas where control is an issue. With the ascendent we control our physical selves, how we act, seem, how we physically appear.
The Imum coeli, IC, has issues of control over the circumstances of our home and family. Perhaps we don’t control the family we are born into, though some would say we do, but once we’re grown we control where we live and who we call family, based in part on what we experienced growing up.
The descendent or 7th house cusp ruled by Venus often shows how we attempt to control our relationships. It shows what we like, what we tend to pick. Choosing is control. You can control the impact of the other by choosing well. Venus also attracts. Our descendent sign is like our bait. What bait you have controls the type of fish you’ll catch.
The midheaven, MC, represents the career, our presence in the greater world, goals. Reputation shows up here. Control of the reputation, doing what you believe to be the right thing, enhances performance and opportunity out in the big world. If you want to be a banker you’d sure want to control any circumstances that might speak to your integrity in handling others’ money. If you want to be a lingerie model a different sort of “good” reputation is probably important.
The thing is, the universe operates under a set of rules. I’m not sure what they all are but I sure do know when I manage to break one. The signs on the angles show how we go about controlling ourselves and our circumstances in order to fit into our understanding of these rules. The signs and the planets in aspect to these angles also shape our personal understanding of the rules.
To my way of thinking, control is not bad or wrong; control is neutral, natural, necessary. I can’t help but think that how a person feels about control is likely to be a reflection of their IC placement and therefore also seen in their midheaven.
How do you feel about control?