Hi Aquarian Maverick - me again. I took a look at your borther's chart and I want to share the information I'm picking up in the chart that I think speaks to your need to understand why he is in this situation. I caveat this by saying that this is what popped out at me..obviously this is a very emotionally charged area in your life..I pick up the feelings as I look at the chart. Please take a step back from what I say and try to detach from it so you can weigh what's true or not true.
As you know I'm a big fan of Sabian symbols so much of what I say here is referencing these as little stories we can get.
The first thing that stuck out to me was Chiron in 2 in Gemini opposing Saturn in 8 and squaring Jupiter/Vesta in 11. Whenever Isee a t-square I look at the open point as the area where the tension tends to outlet which in this case is 16 Virgo in the 5th house of self-expression. The Sabian degree 16 btw also is my Part of Astrology point in my 7th house which I find interesting. 16 Virgo reads:
CHILDREN CROWD AROUND THE ORANG-OUTANG CAGE IN THE ZOO The lesson which the very old can give to the very young in all realms. Vicarious experience. Inertia of instincts. Poise.
___*When positive, the degree is man's ability to strip himself to fundamentals and there stand proudly on his own, and when negative, self-justification in crudity or violence.
Chiron, the wounded healer in the sign of communication in the house representing what one gives opposing Saturn in the house representing what is taken away with a dedicated Jupiter in Pisces in 11 squaring both symbolizing to me a sacrifice for the good the group.
The next thing I looked at was the North Node in Sabian 30 Aries in 12. I wanted to understand the direction his life is meant to take and this is what the degree is telling us:
YOUNG DUCKLINGS DISPORT THEMSELVES MERRILY UPON A POND Essential social cooperativeness and appreciation of selfhood. Also a sense of inner restriction. Contentedness.
___*When positive, the degree is an accustomed competency or ease in dealing with immediate circumstances, and when negative, a tendency toward provincialism or an acceptance of life with an altogether uncritical complacency.
This sounds a little dopey unless you look at where he's come from which is Sabian 30 Libra South Node which reads:
A PHRENOLOGIST DISCOVERS MOUNDS OF KNOWLEDGE ON A HEAD Ability to read spiritual meanings in concrete objects. Objectification
of abstract truths. Cleverness in understanding.
___*When positive, the degree is a perfected integrity of self and an exceptional gift for furthering all progress, and when negative, a fatuous pride in mere intellect.
It seems your brother may have spent way too much time in his head at the expense of being in his heart. To me, this may be the reason why your Mercury and his Mercury are so close. This is a lesson he wants to communicate to you in my opinion.
Your brother also has a grand cross with Moon/Part of Fortune in Cap and in 9 opposing Pallas in 3 (weak orb but I'll get to this in a second), squaring Mercury in Aries in 12 and opposing the Vertex in Libra in 6.
Typically I woudn't call this a grand cross but in this case I think we need to think a little differently as these aspects seem to work together.
First let's look at Mercury at Sabian 17 Aries:
TWO PRIM SPINSTERS ARE SITTING TOGETHER IN SILENCE Poised and dispassionate outlook, involving either great dignity and integrity of self,or inability to live life fully.
___*When positive, the degree is an utter fidelity to self and all its special idealizations of its own capacities, and when negative, an increasing exaltation of shallow interests and a witless pretense of distinction and great virtue.
This certainly can give a picture of Autism especially with Mercury in 12 as part of the Grand Cardinal Cross. The strange aspect I found was the Moon conjunct the Part of Fortune but not so strange when the desire here is connect with the heart and emotions. The Part of Fortune Sabian is 18 Capricorn:
THE UNION JACK FLAG FLIES FROM A NEW BRITISH DESTROYER Extreme of objectification of inner resources. Challenge to life. Splendid self-realization. Full awareness of competition.
___*When positive, the degree is the self's ever-widening spread of interest in its insatiable desire to leave some permanent imprint of itself on everything it touches, and when negative, smug or strong-armed paternalism.
Again being drawn inward to realize one's self. This opposes Pallas which is he asteroid which can repattern and reorganize one's environment (3rd house placement right near cusp of 4). Again we are talking about getting in touch and reworking the feeling self. The Sabian degree for the Pallas placement is 21 Cancer which reads:
AN OPERATIC PRIMA DONNA SINGS TO A GLITTERING AUDIENCE Elevation and popularization of human values through art as a social factor. Supreme realization of the life-ambition.
___*When positive, the degree is an overflowing richness of self through its full command of its own deep and genuine potentials, and when negative, superficial self-affirmation and unseemly display.
Seems ironic that this is the expression of the repatterning however, there is much us mere mortals do not understand. When I look at the opposing Sabian degree to the Part of Fortune though we get 18 Cancer:
IN A CROWDED BARNYARD A HEN CLUCKS AMONG HER CHICKENS Constructively practical, natural approach to life and its simpler joys. Concern over things. Child-like group devotion.
___*When positive, the degree is a marked capacity for meeting every demand of existence advantageously and with a persisting self-fulfillment, and when negative, idle bustle and unprofitable labour.
I'll leave this to you to assess and evaluate as it conjuncts the previous Pallas position in environment and family.
Finally we get to the Vertex in the Grand Square. Typically I wouldn't look at it but since it represents fate and is part of this Grand Cross, I thought it was important to get a read. The Sabian degree is 18 Libra in the 5th house of self-expression:
TWO MEN PLACED UNDER ARREST ARE BEING BROUGHT TO COURT Responsibility of individual to society in terms of normal behaviour. Return to values. Obligation to face objective facts.
___*When positive, the degree is a heightened challenge to every special talent, and when negative, total inappropriateness of impulse and act.
This could be related to balancing out this "head" state we've referenced here quite a bit. I look to Pluto to give us it's polarity position to help us figure out the soul's evolutionary desire which in this case is 6 Taurus in the 11th house of the Group again which reads:
A CANTILEVER BRIDGE IN CONSTRUCTION ACROSS A DEEP CANYON Conquest of difficulties and limitations by intelligence. Directed effort toward solving a problem. Channel-ship.
___*When positive, the degree is the directness and the practical instinct by which personality achieves ultimate benefit of its powers, and when negative, a love of short cuts and every possible escape from the obligations of daily living.
Where Pluto has come from is 6 Scorpio:
CALIFORNIAN HILLS: THE "GOLD RUSH" SHATTERS THEIR PEACE The passionate quest for universal values, destructive of cultural ease of living. Leaping to opportunity. Avid seeking.
___*When positive, the degree is instinctive self-dedication to the unseen potentials of everyday existence, and when negative, a lack of practical discrimination and an irresistible desire for easy money.
So maybe we get a glimpse of some past life extremes which might cause a choice to really get in touch with self, emotions and heart. Remember his 3rd house of siblings is ruled my his moon which conjuncts his Part of Fortune which puts you in the mix as fortune but also part of the lesson here.
Over and Out,
Simple ain't easy.