Introducing the 12 stations of life

In recent posts we’ve looked at the the 4 core types (masculine, feminine, introvert, and extravert) and the 3 core strategies (cardinal, fixed, and mutable). These are some of the most basic patterns that organize the human personality and therefore our experience of ourselves, our worldspaces, and worldviews.

When put together, the 4 types and 3 strategies may be arranged into 12 distinct combinations. It is no coincidence that these 12 combinations are the same as the 12 stations of life used by Whole Writing. Each station depicts a particular orientation to reality, a set of competencies that must be faced (and hopefully successfully navigated), a set of concerns and strategies for advancement, and a set of developmental potentials.

Perhaps the clearest way of introducing the 12 stations is to identify briefly how each of the stations reflect the core types and strategies. At the most fundamental levels, these are the building blocks of who we are, what we do, and how we change.

If you are familiar with astrology, then it will be helpful for you to think of the core types, core strategies, and stations as analogoue to elements, qualities, and signs. However, knowledge of astrology is not required. A mythopoetic expression of how the stations appear (based on evolutionary astrology) is offered as an aid in visualizing the progression from 0 to B.

(In Kronology, the 12 stations of life are identified in base-12 with the tags S130 to S13B. Non-visible stations comprise S0 to S12B and S140 to S15B. If it gets a bit confusion, don’t worry about the details just now.)

The 12 stations of life

S130—Masculine, extravert, cardinal. 0 represents an active, energetic, outward-directed, penetrating orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is initiatory, dynamic, creative. “The self is pure life energy of the Creator, exploding out of the void of non-Being to create.”

S131—Feminine, extravert, fixed. 1 represents a passive, receptive, inner-directed, and deepening orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is integrative, expansive, and unchanging in its essence. “The self pauses in its glory as Creation and rests in its fullness of form.”

S132—Masculine, introvert, mutable. 2 represents an active, energetic, outward-directed, penetrating orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is flexible, flowing, and dissolving of boundaries. “The self, recognizing an intriguing difference between Creator and Creation, playfully explores the boundaries of its domain.”

S133—Feminine, introvert, cardinal. 3 represents a passive, receptive, inner-directed, and deepening orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is initiatory, dynamic, creative. “Through its playful discoveries of form and matter, the self experiences its own interiority; it creates its own inner life.”

S134—Masculine, extravert, fixed. 4 represents an active, energetic, outward-directed, penetrating orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is integrative, expansive, and unchanging in its essence. “Having plumbed the depths of its inner world, the self jubilantly explodes in enthusiastic embrace of its own grandiosity.”

S135—Feminine, extravert, mutable. 5 represents a passive, receptive, inner-directed, and deepening orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is flexible, flowing, and dissolving of boundaries. “Having expanded the self to the highest degree, the self transforms by discovering its own humility and dependence on others.”

S136—Masculine, introvert, cardinal. 6 represents an active, energetic, outward-directed, penetrating orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is initiatory, dynamic, creative. “Having emptied itself of its former fullness, the self discovers the potential for love in an equal partnership with an other.”

S137—Feminine, introvert, fixed. 7 represents a passive, receptive, inner-directed, and deepening orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is integrative, expansive, and unchanging in its essence. “Having initiated an I-Thou relationship, the self seeks to deepen and fulfill its newfound experience of intimacy.”

S138—Masculine, extravert, mutable. 8 represents an active, energetic, outward-directed, penetrating orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is flexible, flowing, and dissolving of boundaries. “Having sought intimacy and discovered its own mortality, the self seeks a sense of purpose and meaning in which to understand its relationship to the other.”

S139—Feminine, extravert, cardinal. 9 represents a passive, receptive, inner-directed, and deepening orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is initiatory, dynamic, creative. “Having achieved a worldview capable of situating the self in its relationships, the self seeks to embody and evangelize its worldview by initiating social, economic, and political relationships.”

S13A—Masculine, introvert, fixed. A represents an active, energetic, outward-directed, penetrating orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is integrative, expansive, and unchanging in its essence. “Having become fully integrated in the objective social order, the self seeks itself within the collective consciousness (and collective unconscious).”

S13B—Feminine, introvert, mutable. B represents a passive, receptive, inner-directed, and deepening orientation of the self to other. The activity of the self is flexible, flowing, and dissolving of boundaries. “Having embrace its nature in individual and collective dimensions, the self realizes its own identity with the Creative principle of the universe.”