Every story seeks to provide a happy ending. Certainly Goethe’s fairy tale brought a satisfying conclusion to the ending. The Prince and Lily came to a common place and commenced a life-love experience. The Old Man with the Lamp and the Old Woman, his wife, found themselves rejuvenated and young again. The Wisp had discovered a greater satisfaction than just his dropping of gold nuggets, he had seen a more profound change in people. Further, he had played a part in that.
Some of the other characters came to different paths and endings. The Snake, through her sacrifice, had enabled a freer access between the physical and spiritual worlds because of the bridge spanning the river. The Ferryman had played a minor role at the temple after losing his hut. But, with a bridge, who needs a ferry ride for a fee? The Giant got the short end of the stick, but that was a likely ending to an unlikely life.
So, what is happiness? We might need to clearly know what it is that we desire, why we desire it, what we expect to change when we get what we want? Are our desires our own or do they include what others feels is desireable? Many repress desires for one reason or another. Or others in a relationship with them suppress the desire they hold.
Astrologers may have a difficult time answering the question, “When will I become happier?” First, what is the relative intensity for one’s basic desires? What does one want most over other things, and how badly do they want it? “Relativity” is easier to judge. The ‘desire’ can be paired with a planet, the planet can be evaluated for strength in the chart. We might say that the ‘happy’ planets are the Sun, Venus and Jupiter. Those that are not linked to happiness, generally, are Mars and Saturn. We are left with the Moon and Mercury for the inner planets. Mercury is not, in itself, happy but it is objective, neutral. The Moon requires links to the Sun, Venus and Jupiter to express happiness. Moon is often ‘content’ when left alone, but it can also be moody, uncertain, anxious all on its own. So, we can’t say the Moon is ‘happy.’ Those outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto affect one’s attitudes and may or may not affect one’s happiness.
In this blog site, great emphasis is put upon the Sun and Moon. How these two bodies relate as a pair has a great influence on happiness. First, the Sun represents males, the Moon represents females. Put the tow together and you often have happiness, sometimes not. These two require many books worth of ideas and evaluations in order to fully explore how they contribute to happiness. Between two people, how the Sun and Moon in each chart relates to the chart of the other is a good indicator of happiness between people. And it is ‘between people’ that happiness exists. Alone, one can find satisfaction, seldom happiness. We will have a chance to explore happiness in many of the posts that will follow. For now, rejoice that our fairy tale ended nicely, as it should.