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The Uranian Mandala is an astrological tool developed by German master Uranian astrologer Ruth Brummund, Dipl.Psych. Several articles on the Uranian Mandala, written by Ms Brummund herself, have been presented on the Uranian Institute website. In those articles, Ms Brummund gives an overview of the Mandala paradigm, sample readings of the Mandala applied to individual birth data, along with descriptions of the planetary energies involved. (See list of links to Ms Brummund's articles at the end of this article.)
As is the case with Ms Brummund's articles on the Mandala, it is recommended that you print out a copy of the Mandala for your reference as you read through. You can print the Mandala out from this page, from the page at http://www.uranian-institute.org/MandalaMain.htm, or print out your own personalized Mandala from the Special Uranian computer program.
After having worked with the Uranian Mandala for a few years, integrating past experience with general astrological symbols and transneptunian factors, I would like here to present descriptions of the planetary sectors more from a discrete-point perspective, then relate the individual components to the overall schema.
Let us start with the bottom sector of the Mandala, containing Neptune and Hades. This is the lowest sector in the subconscious, neutral between the introverted (Saturn and Admetos) and extroverted (Mars and Zeus) energies. Remember that the subconscious sectors are our main connection to the more primal energies of the collective unconscious (as compared to the higher-level transpersonal collective unconscious of the superconscious sectors). At the center and bottom, where Neptune and Hades reside, we deal with the most primal and sometimes unconscious instincts of humanity and nature. This has both higher and lower manifestations, depending largely on our choices and opportunities to focus on the personal development of our lower instincts and hunches, and our efforts to cultivate our spiritual/empathic consciousness beyond the free reign of chaotic and untamed animalistic feelings. When tamed and refined, these planetary energies lend us a strong instinctive connection with an understanding of nature and the fundamental chemistry of reality, as well as of human interactions. Neptune will often be strong in the charts of artists, musicians, dancers, and professions where the ability to empathize and tap into the inspirations of the universe are required. Hades is often more pragmatic, somewhat like a synthesis of Saturn+Neptune energies, and is found in the charts of doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other natural healers or people who work with nature or animals, or the more primal issues of human realities. When weak or left to the chaos of their lower qualities, Neptune and Hades both tend to yield to their more lowly manifestaions of escapism, passive resignation to primal instinctual feelings, passivity, and even confusion or self-destructive behavior, often taking the form of drug or alcohol abuse, which further perpetuate unconsciousness and surrender to lower instincts.
Moving upward slightly, in the extoverted sector of the subconscious, we find Mars and Zeus. These are energies of the primal urge for self-preservation, and to produce and create, both in daily life pragmatically, as well as in term of the sexual urges. Left untamed, they can manifest as inconsideration, aggression, and waste of energy through display of anger or impulse or sexual abuse. When transmuted to their higher potential, these energies yield personal productivity and pragmatic accomplishment, even practical creativity. Mars takes action more instinctively, whereas Zeus moves toward the conscious level, and tends to structure, plan, and systematize efforts.
Then, in the introverted sector of the subconscious, we find Saturn and Admetos, where we turn inward to instinctively focus and digest our daily realities in reflection. Functioning at their lower potential, these planets represent immaturity, fear, and, immobility.... either a fear of or a resistance to action or growth. This can at times have a lack of experience in active participation at its roots, or simple primal inertia... the comfort and temporary security of habit that eventually dissipates as life around us evolves. What is required is the willingness to test the validity of one's observations by trying things out step by step, taking calculated risks. At the higher level, these manifest as thoroughness, sensible caution, and a sense of accountability due to an awareness of longterm repercussions.
Moving next to the introverted sector of the conscious level, we find the Moon and Apollon. Their placement here is clarified by remembering the original sense of the word "introverted" as that which is internally-referenced (but not necessarily directed toward the internal, as pop definitions of intoversion often imply). These two planets, while often leading us to external interactions on the conscious plane, are internally referenced in that they lead us to reflect before projecting. Thus the Moon gives us the ability to respond effectively to our daily conscious experiences, and Apollon does the same on a broader and more universal scale. Both planets give us a high degree of perceptiveness and receptivity to external stimuli, while also giving us the ability to turn inward and reflect on those perceptions. Thus the Moon is found strong in the charts of those who are actively involved in nurturing processes, and Apollon in those professions involving broad, extensive understanding of human nature and experience needed for the large-scale interchanges of commerce and academics.
At Venus and Cupido, we attempt to bridge the gap between internally-referenced experiences and externally-referenced ones, seeking complementation, cooperation, and harmony. Writings of Jung might imply that this is the sector that is key to internal integration and inner personal balance and centeredness. Both these planets give an ability to find common points, synthesize, coordinate, and integrate energies, to find inner equilibrium and calm. At the lower level, there is indecision and unhealthy codependency, or overemphasis on surface harmony. At their higher level, however, the balance and integration is thoroughgoing, and inner calm radiates outward and enhances communion with others.
In the extroverted sector of the conscious level, we find Sun and Kronos. These are both externally-referenced and also outwardly-directed energies. When undeveloped, these give confidence without the experience or responsibility to back it up, with such manifestations as bravado, arrogance, self-entitlement, and alienating self-importance. At the higher levels, these yield mastery of one's energies and exemplary behavior that channels and reflects higher powers and energizes or inspires others, sometimes extending to natural leadership talent.
The extroverted sector of the superconscious level contains Uranus and Vulkanus. These planets allow us to tap into the higher-level universal electrical energies spontaneously, and tend to act based upon spontaneous intuitions. When malfunctioning, these energies manifest with bottled-up overcharges or waste away on knee-jerk reactionary behavior instead of proactive energy expenditures. By nature, they help us to break through barriers into new territory, mentally and physically, and their innate electrical nature adds to our charisma and influence over others. These energies can also lead us to unique and outstanding accomplishments.
In the central synthesis sector of the superconcious, Pluto and Poseidon prompt us to reach upward to higher planes and in best-case situations to pull these energies down and integrate them into daily life. Conscious awareness and insight into the higher nature of reality and life can give great metaphysical power and the capacity to heal and uplift oneself and others. At worst there can be a sense of isolating superhumanness and an idealism which can be unrealistic. Abuse of universal insights for self-interested purposes brings up ethical issues, for they are not intended for selfish uses, and can in the most extreme cases lead to psychic blow-outs due to abuse. At best, these give the ability to transform, transmute, and lift and regenerate life to an ever higher level. Pluto is found in strong in the charts of builders and healers, Poseidon in the charts of those who seem to have ready access to wisdom and give informed counsel based on insight into universal truths.
In the remaining intoverted sector of the superconscious, we find Mercury and Jupiter, indicating the ability to use the rational mind reflectively and look inwardly in ways that facilitate our ability to communicate our thoughts effectively. Undeveloped, the mental energies are wasted on mental game-playing or even trickery... abuses of the gifts of the human mind. At the higher level manifestations, these planets yield the skills to promote communication of ideas sensibly and efficiently. Their gifts, allowing inner reflection on the collective superconcious, yield the most pragmatic of the skills from the superconcious in terms of day to day functioning.
It is hoped that this overview of the sectors and planets in the Uranian Mandala will clarify and enlighten the ready on the overall schema of the Mandala as an analytical tool, as well as of the interrelated natures of the individual planets themselves.
Now, in reference to the personalized Uranian Mandala -- small circles next to a planet indicate that the indicated planet is absent on one of the three many personality axes, and therefore tends to function rather unconsciously. A more detailed investigation of the absent planet and its midpoints reveals key personal challenges, and issues which one must work consciously to integrate into one's personal self-concept in order to become whole and empowered. In contrast, planets accompanied by large dots are planets which are abundant on any one of the 3 main personality axes, and these represent innate personal strengths and talents that seem to come almost effortlessly.
The new Special Uranian astrology program, designed in collaboration with Ruth Brummund and Blake Finley, by Aureas Software, allows you to work directly with the Mandala and explore its potential and its implications for you and your clients and significant others. The program also offers ready access to the most state-of-the-art techniques in 21st-century Uranian astrology.
If you have not already done so, you should read the articles written by Ruth Brummund, translated into English, elsewhere on the Uranian Institute website. Links to these articles follow, below.
--article started 2003.Jun.05, completed 2003.Dec.05, San Francisco
The only computer program authorized to include the Uranian Mandala is the Special Uranian program, which also brings you up-to-date with 21st century techniques-- Click here for further information.
C G Jung: Comments on the Mandala phenomenon
R Brummund: "Evolution of the Uranian Mandala"
THE URANIAN BEACON: ASTROLOGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY