Mars in Sagittarius

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Energy application through the formulation and exploration of large philosophical frameworks.

Personal power is expressed via one’s opinions.

There’s a missionary quality that’s illustrated by this placement.  Having the “right” answer is important, but there can also be a blind centering of oneself as the one and only truth bearer. It’s vital for one’s perspective to align with a personal belief system when Mars is placed in Sagittarius. There’s a desire present to elevate discourse, provoke thought and broaden the scope of one’s vision as well as the perspectives of others.

Sexual style is expressed in an adventurous, open-minded and uninhibited fashion, but can be prone to overindulgence when maladaptive. When ethics are taken into consideration, going “above and beyond” and exploring new heights and vistas with a willing partner is the more healthy manifestation.

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Sagittarius : The Sun/Moon Blends

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Sagittarius Sun, Aries Moon: The individual’s life fuel consists of free form and enthusiastic exploration of ideas , concepts and knowledge. The energy is blended with a reigning need to have an impact on his/her immediate environment. This person not only wants to know everything, but also wants to be top ranked.

Sagittarius Sun, Taurus Moon: High minded ideals blend with an internal security base that’s practical. Lofty aims are nurtured in a solid environment. This has the potential to result in material progress and the broadening of horizons.

Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon: A blend of analysis and synthesis. One has the potential to see the forest AND the trees. Tremendous enthusiasm in the direction of eclectic learning, along with the quest for holistic understanding is evident .

Sagittarius Sun, Cancer Moon: A keen, sensitive intelligence emanates from the emotionally adept teacher of higher truths. Wide ranging, universal thought blends with imaginative impressions from the intuitive realm. The quest for freedom and security needs must work in tandem.

Sagittarius Sun, Leo Moon:  A fervent quest to unearth meaning blends with an emotional need for acknowledgement and recognition as a special personality. The celebrity evangelist or the grandstanding scholar.

Sagittarius Sun, Virgo Moon: Elevated thought is grounded in the realm of the pragmatic.  The wide lens view is focused and given precision in order to maintain both a comprehensive scope and accurate communication of ideas.

Sagittarius Sun, Libra Moon: A blend of the vast intellect required for large-scale ideas and the social adroitness needed for their refinement. Interpersonal dexterity anchors the enthusiastic expansion of worldview via higher education.

Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon: A far and wide search gains intense focus via the reigning need to plumb the depths of existence and leave no stone unturned. Truth is the goal whether upright or crass.

Sagittarius Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The individual is stimulated by the freedom to influence/shape thought and needs their opinions respected and to be taken seriously. A need to stretch boundaries is fused with the hope of future progress.

Sagittarius Sun, Capricorn Moon:  The person’s vitality is activated through experiences which produce significant meaning and have practical application. There’s a need to structure the life energy and pursue concrete accomplishments.

Sagittarius Sun, Aquarius Moon: There’s a drive to search high and low for anything which will provide a more expansive worldview blended  with a reigning need to dismantle the trappings of cultural and societal conditioning.

Sagittarius Sun, Pisces Moon: Synthesis of exploration and transcendence. Core life energy consists of the desire to widen one’s scope. The need is to selfless service to humanity in an extraordinary way via a spiritual calling. Merging the higher, metaphysical mind with the ultra receptive inner core.

Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon, Leo Rising

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Your life can be a continuous game of “hide and seek” with the cosmos.

In order to maximize this Astrological signature, it’s important that you integrate your need for visibility, and to some degree, validation of the outside world.  It’s worth considering if wanting to be recognized for your depth and uniqueness as a human being does harm to your psyche.

Sure– in amounts which undermine your sense of self-respect, but in moderate doses, it may be just the realization you need to push you forward in your evolution. Remember: It’s only exposure to too much light that blinds us.

It’s essential that you find a way to promote your talents and use your creativity as a navigational tool. You must have the willingness to project AUTHENTIC CONFIDENCE. Remember: “Your vehicle is regal.”

Your cosmic combination also suggests a need to be totally dedicated to something that you feel is worthy of your particular brand of intensity. This isn’t limited to projects and pursuits, but also PEOPLE and RELATIONSHIPS.

yours is a trio of fixed energy. If you can’t put every ounce of your being into it while penetrating into the realms of unedited, naked truth, you may want to go back to the drawing board.

If you feel as if the world is inherently a “dangerous” place, it’s important for you to get to the bottom of that because chances are, that’s informing your actions and reactions. Understand that the world needs to feel your presence. Even if it means touching on subjects which make many of us squirm with that constipated look on our faces.

With your solar/lunar blend being one in the same, your vitality and emotional needs are highly intertwined in what is repressed, ignored and considered taboo in our society.

Think about allowing some light in, so you can project it outward.

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Leo Sun, Leo Moon: Featuring Gang Starr’s “Royalty”

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With this Sun-Moon blend we have an individual who is spurred on through a royal personal presence and an emotional need for validation of one’s special attributes. For this person Life is about standing out and letting one’s essence shine for all the world to see. At this astrological intersection, the potential for a charismatic aura and warmth and generosity of heart meet.

Take a good look at Guru sitting in his chair with that air of dignified authority. That’s an illustration of what double Leo’s are trying to grow into.

Peep some of the lyrics:

“Supreme exalted, universal leader
Descendent of the kings and queens, the overseer
The overlord, cream of the crop, creme de la creme…..”

“Wherever you are Baby Pah, realize that your essence
is divine son, and let it shine son,as we refine son, aiyyo, this shit’ll blow your mind son, we’re royalty.”

And the Chorus?

“Wherever I go
I want to take nothin’ less than the best
Whatever I choose, I choose to do
I have to stand out from all the rest…….”

This is the double Leo combination……

If you have a Leo Sun and Leo Moon, your theme song is “Royalty” by Gang Starr featuring Jodeci. You can check it out right here:

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Sun-Pluto Aspects : “The Healer”

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When studying Astrology, one of the most important lessons to be understood is:

when it comes to signs, planets and their placements, houses and aspects- there are two sides to every coin.

Attaching the labels of “good” and “bad” when discussing these entities will most likely hinder us from developing a broad understanding of their functions within the greater astrological whole.

When the Sun, which symbolizes the ingredients that comprise your life force and identity has a “sit down” with Pluto, who represents the transformer, catharsis, regeneration and all that reforms, a powerful impact is released into the universe. Influence that can be used for good, or for ill.

If you have a Sun-Pluto aspect within your birth chart, there is an astounding amount of personal power at your disposal. Whether or not you spend the time and effort on yourself which is necessary to access this power is another story.

Anything which involves Pluto is deep and significant . Plutonian energies operate below the surface and cannot readily be “seen” with the naked eye.

To truly benefit from these aspects, you will need to engage in a tremendous amount of self-reflection and scrutiny.

You ‘ll also have to examine your own motivations when it comes to dealing with others. Listening ability can most certainly serve you as an ally. You will not succeed if your method for getting ahead consists of bulldozing others with your views or agendas.

Your potentially highly magnetic personality will work for you providing that you learn to trust others and reveal your motives.

In fact: Sun-Pluto people have the potential serve humanity as healers because of their experience in dealing with matters which are not openly discussed due to the sensitivity and the privacy of their nature. The uniting of these two planets, when capitalized on, makes it possible to live a life which is highly and intentionally purposeful.

An existence based on positive change, and the continuous reinvention of self. Shedding the skin of your identity on a periodic basis, removing all of the outworn parts in order to thrive as the TRUE youAuthenticity in all of its forms can be yours. The misuses of Sun-Pluto power are evident in the megalomania of Nino Brown and Tony Montana.

If you haven’t seen “New Jack City” or “Scarface”, watching these films can provide a picture which cannot be totally captured in words. The choice remains: to heal or to hurt. It’s truly up to us what side of the coin we choose.

If you have a Sun-Pluto aspect in your birth chart, your theme song is “The Healer” by Erykah Badu

You can listen here:

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Sagittarius, Dating & Relationships : What You Need To Know

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If we’ve read enough sun sign columns, we’re familiar with both the constructive and the dysfunctional expressions of all 12 zodiac signs. We’re also well acquainted with each sign’s reputation when certain behavioral inclinations are concerned. The passionate intensity of Scorpio, the analytic precision of Virgo or the acute intuition of Cancer just to name a few.

So….. what about Sagittarius? You ask….

For whatever reasons, the Archer seems to have gained a reputation among the zodiac as the perpetual bachelor or bachelorette. The sign which prefers to stay free and unencumbered versus preferring a steady, long-term relationship or marriage.

I make the case, however, that there’s much more to this scenario than the ink written on the pages of these sun sign columns can tell us. We must adjust our thinking to a broader level to appreciate not a fragment of, but the entire Sagittarian archetype.

In much of the Astrological literature I come across, when Sagittarius is being analyzed, there seems to be a direct correlation made between the Centaur’s desire and need for freedom and the inability to commit to a long-term partnership.

If we examine Sagittarius on a deeper level, I think we’ll find that the lesser question is : “Why can’t Sagittarians commit?” and the greater question is: “What type of relationship encourages the Archer to explore long range possibilities?”

Most of us learned in “Research Methods 101” that the manner in which a question is asked predetermines the range of possible answers. If the question is: “Why can’t Sagittarians commit?” It automatically excludes the possibility of them being capable of committing to a partnership.

NOTE: This article is not only applicable to those with the Sun placed in Sagittarius, but also those with personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus,Mars) in the sign as well as Sagittarius rising.

Much of what’s written could also apply to those whose chart suggests a strong Jupiterian influence such as Jupiter placed in Sagittarius, in the 1st house, in major aspect to any of the personal planets and the Ascendant.

The Sagittarius Archetype

When analyzing Sagittarius, we must first consider the symbolism. Half Woman/Man and half beast. A Centaur or an Archer pointing its arrow emphatically upward into the vastness of the universe.

This entire picture broadcasts both the need for the arrow of thoughts and ideas to fly free through the open cosmos and the body to remain comfortably rooted in its animal nature. Sagittarius isn’t as much seeking to transcend his or her physicality as they are intent on successfully integrating it into the totality of their being.

The 9th sign of the zodiac seeks to find a deeper meaning in BOTH functions as a vehicle for constructing a personal philosophy. Sagittarius wants to take heed to the words of Paulo Coelho and “learn to recognize omens and follow them.” The Archer possesses an insatiable thirst for life experience and an enthusiasm for following his or her personal legend.

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Relationships

For Sagittarius, where partnerships are concerned, it’s not so much a matter of whether or not they have the ability to commit, but rather WHAT they would potentially be committing TO.

When discussing Sags, Astrologer Steven Forrest once alluded to the concept of love being hard on the freedom that the archer so desperately needs- and it CAN be. However, it doesn’t HAVE to be soul draining.

One of the keys to relationship success for the Centaur is ruthless self-honesty regarding their own relationship needs. Especially when it comes to personal space.

Now, this “space” is not a free pass to go off half cocked and undermine the fundamental trust and integrity on which a solid, healthy relationship is based, but rather the freedom to think big thoughts; to dream about large scale ventures and contemplate life’s enormous questions. After all, this is the way of the Philosophical wiring which comes with the assembly of so many Sags.

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If Sag finds the type of partner that understands this system and recognizes the importance of his/her life journey, they’re MORE than willing to commit. You may even catch one of them with bells on!! Astrologer Jeffrey Wolf Green writes the following about Venus in Sagittarius, which could be applied to any personal placement:

” The Venus in Sagittarius person is fundamentally restless, and is committed to the value of personal freedom to pursue any experience they deem necessary in order to discover and actualize themselves. The need for freedom permeates these people , and they generally will not tolerate any condition or constraint that inhibits their independence or freedom.

When such conditions or constraints exist, the Venus in Sagittarius person will progressively feel an inner alienation from those conditions or constraints, and the psychology or alienation becomes a causal factor or determinant in separating, at least inwardly from those conditions or constraints.”

Furthermore:

” In their intimate relationships, the Venus in Sagittarius person is forever needing and trying to balance their need for independence within the context of their relationship. Because these people have an almost absolute need for perpetual growth within themselves, they need and desire an intimate other who is also committed to personal growth.

This will then allow for the dynamics within the relationship to be defined by a mutual commitment to growth. in effect, these individuals need to be in a relationship where there’s an ongoing sense of adventure.

The Venus in Sagittarius person will simply experience a deep alienation from their partner when the relationship has degenerated into a stale, static routine. They need a partner who can mirror and reflect their own reality of intellectual and philosophical pondering. A partner with whom they can interact in this way at an equal level.

The Venus in Sagittarius person needs this  kind of  intellectual or philosophical stimulation and to be periodically challenged by their partner through such types of discussions. When this occurs, they will have a tremendous amount of respect for their partner, and will sustain their enthusiasm  for the relationship. When this does not occur, then they lose respect for the partner and become progressively alienated.”

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A long time ago, I remember reading an Astrology book that said something to the effect of: ” to attract Sagittarius, you’ll need to act like you overdosed on positive affirmation tapes.” I had to laugh when I read that because it gives form to the potent thrust of Sagittarius’ buoyancy.

THIS is part of the package that Sagittarius is willing to commit to: life-affirming optimism, vitality;  a sense of the next physical or intellectual adventure just around the corner:

“By nature, the Venus in Sagittarius person needs levity, humor, lightness and optimism to pervade their intimate relationship. If their with a partner who is constantly too serious or withdrawn, this will also become a causal factor in creating a state of alienation and withdrawl  from such a partner.

They will naturally encourage the independent actualization and will develop a deepening respect for their partners who independently actualize their own life purposes. They will not respect a partner who just wants to hang on to them without developing their own identity or life purpose, or a partner who attempts to restrict their need for necessary freedom and independence.”

The Other Side of The Game

Since we’ve hopefully come to the conclusion that Sagittarius, like every other sign of the zodiac, is capable of fulfilling, long-term commitment, now it’s time to discuss what can potentially hold the Centaur back, where the Archer’s arrow misfires.

Polarized and Dogmatic Thinking

One of the dysfunctional expressions of Sagittarius energy is to listen and hear only through the filter of their own beliefs. When operating unproductively, there’s a tendency to to create a black and white scenario surrounding relationships. So, Sags feel like they’re either free as a bird floating in the crisp summer air or hopelessly bound to the ole ball and chain.

What the Archer needs to realize is that relationships require mutual sacrifice.

M-U-T-U-A-L sacrifice.

The Centaur can easily sabotage the ideal partnership he/she is seeking to create through a refusal to, as Paulo Coelho says: “to accept love as a stimulus.” The immature and underdeveloped Sagittarius sees love as a THREAT to his/her freedom; as something that’s going to deduct from them rather than add breadth and richness to their spectrum of life. Whereas the more mature version of the Archer, who has learned much from experience employs his/her openness as a means to grasp the supports that are being offered:

“If he has the courage to unearth his dreams, he then faces a second obstacle: love. He now knows what he desires to do, but he thinks he will harm those around him if he gives everything up to follow his dreams.

He does not understand that love is an additional impulse, not something which hinders one from going forward. he does not understand that those who truly wish him well are longing for his happiness and are ready to accompany him on his adventure.”

The Grass is Always Greener/Overly Futuristic Reverend “Do Good” Syndrome

“But….If I decide on THIS, what if something “better” comes along?”

I wouldn’t be surprised if this question hasn’t touched the brain waves of almost every Sagittarius infused individual. However, a potentially better question which garners consideration is:

“What are YOU doing in the HERE and NOW to make your CURRENT situation better?” It’s a classic Sagittarian pitfall to be so captivated by future possibilities that they’re tripping themselves up in the moment:

“Sagittarius is the sign most likely to be oblivious to the realities right in front of them that are obvious to everyone else because they are so focused on the distant goal. Since the road to hell is paved with good intentions, Sagittarius people need to be sure that their goals and ideals are grounded in what is truly possible.

They DO need a large guiding vision to motivate them in life, but they also need times of self-examination to assess whether they are themselves living up to their ideals. They like to preach to others (usually “helpfully” in their view), but if something doesn’t work out, well… that isn’t their problem. Sagittarius people rather dislike the heaviness of daily “reality” and personal or emotional problems.”

Sagittarius: here’s the bottom line. You’re natural, healthy idealism need not take a “hit” just because you’ve made the mature choice to temper it with a much needed dose of grounding and common sense. You must be painfully honest with yourself in regard to your vision for a partnership, as to not mislead others who may not want or need such and arrangement. What you choose to commit to is totally yours, but it’s important for you to know the “raw material” you’re working with in your psyche.

When it’s all said and done, it’s up to you to create a situation which honors your need(s) for independence, intellectual stimulation, levity and personal growth. While simultaneously accepting love as a stimulus and support. Recognizing a good thing when you see it and creating room for your partnership to play an integral role on your quest to follow your personal legend.

References: Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex & Compatibility by Stephen Arroyo, Pluto: Volume II : The Soul’s Evolution Through Relationships by Jeffrey Wolf Green, Paulo Coelho’s “Talks With My Master” (1982-1990).

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Exploring Sagittarius: How Big Is Your World?

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“The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest things without it.” – Carl Jung

Here stands Sagittarius. The 9th sign of the ZodiacJupiter ruled and poised to to embark on an infinite quest for the meaning of life. The sentiment that “to travel, is better than to arrive ” fits into the archer’s philosophical framework like Nas’ flow over a Preemo track.

The sense that there’s something greater “out there” and the ability to fuse that external search with the richness of their inner landscape is just one of the expressions that makes the centaur’s experience something to behold.

The Symbolism
Half Woman/Man and half horse. A centaur aiming his or her arrow into the boundlesswide open, metaphorical heavens. Yes, it all sounds very simple. However, there is much more at work here. Sagittarius simultaneously occupies the body of both man and animal, of human and beast. The Archer aims at lofty ideals and aspirations which must be reached “down here” on the earthly plane. However, this is not to be at the expense of his/her animal nature.

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Through all of the spiritually evolvedhigh-minded philosophy that represents Sagittarius, natives of the sign are also unabashedly human. True, a portion of their life purpose is to discover  the divine order of the cosmos. But it’s also to savor the buoyancy which is a by product of a robust earthly existence. So, whether the knowledge and wisdom attained comes through journal writing with their Montblanc by candlelight, or sitting bar side with his/her favorite imported beverage, the journey never ends.

*Quick Note*:  You may find some similarities in this article that apply to those with not only the Sun in Sagittarius, but also with Sagittarius Rising,  planets (moon, mercury, venus. mars, jupiter ) in Sagittarius. Also, many planets in the 9th house or a significant Jupiterian signature such as Jupiter in an angular house (1,4, 7, 10), Jupiter conjunct an angle (ASC, DS, MC, IC), or making a major aspect(square, opposition) to one of the “lights” (sun, moon) may yield energy that applies. However, it needs to be understood that Sagittarius, Jupiter and the 9th house aren’t the same and there are distinctions to be made between them.

The Sagittarian Curriculum

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As stated in my earlier writings, astrology is not meant to be reduced and rigidly confined to a set of static personality characteristics. Rather it implies a set of celestial instructions as to how we may realize and fulfill the potential inherent within our birth charts.

So, what does the Archer need?

Experiences which will give them more.  More knowledge, more understanding  and more wisdom. Sagittarius needs to be exposed to peopleplaces and activities which will assist in their mental expansion while adding to their encyclopedic storehouse.

The joy, for the centaur, is in finding out what it all means, both on an individual and a universal level. The adventurous, fearless spirit of this sign leads them to look wherever they think there’s a good chance clues to the grand design may be found. Then, it’s back to the lab. The “lab” being their mind, which processes information in a broad andcomprehensive, yet eclectic manner.

Traditionally, Sagittarius is associated with foreign travel. This is because the mere thought of moving our physical body from a familiar environment to an uncharted one implies the widening of one’s worldview.

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The same idea is applicable to the travels of the mind, as they inspire us to enlarge our mental framework and increase our window of the universe via exposure to foreign concepts, ideas and philosophies. Sagittarius loves nothing more than to view the forest from their metaphorical mountaintop and explore the myriad of perspectives set before them.

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The Sagittarian Toolbox
Just as each sign contains a set of instructions for self-actualization. They also have a set of tools at their disposal which will assist them on their quest. When used constructively, these resources accelerate development. They advance us. They help us become a more refined, evolved expression of our signs.

What’s in the centaur’s toolbox?

A Thirst For Knowledge, A Gift For Teaching 

More than any other sign in the zodiac, Sagittarius wants to know. They want to be one of the enlightened ones. They’re prepared to venture to the end of the literal and figurative earth to soak up wisdom.

Additionally, contained within the generous nature of the 9th sign, is the desire to share and teach. Sagittarians don’t hoard knowledge. For them, it’s only as good as it’s use and application. Otherwise, it’s just a directionless mass of information. The centaur wants to inspire and empower others to think on a grander scale and enlist in a creation of a limitless vision.

Sagittarius knows that it isn’t so much what you’re teaching, but how you teach it. Does your method encourage others to greater heights? Does it enlarge, rather than limit the scope of possibilities?

A Knack For Synthesis  
Because Sagittarians are on an endless search for meaning, they have become quite adept at connecting life’s dots. They have the uncanny ability to take bits of information, which may initially seem unrelated, and synthesize them to create an even greater entity. They understand interrelationships and are able to capitalize on the insights contained therein.

This talent is not only applicable to outside information, but also to the workings of their own psyche. I am convinced that the idea of the sankofa or “renaissance”man/woman” is highly Sagittarian. One may be a philosopherpoet, artistmusician and writer all wrapped up into one body. This is because the perspective of Sagittarius is holistic. Developing the parts in order to create a more unified whole.

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An Unswerving Faith
Sagittarians have confidence in themselves and they trust the abundance of the universe. They have learned to view life more as a set of divinely ordered experiences, which provide rich hues of meaning and less as a set of haphazard random occurrences where they’re consistently rolling the cosmic dice. The archer knows that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

He/She has learned through experience that this light can only be fully embraced by acknowledging it’s shadow. So, rather than deny that the dark exists, they simply create a constructive outlet within their psychological makeup for it to live. They give it just due. However, the beam of illumination shines when they realize that this shadow will not define, nor devour who they are becoming. This is the Sagittarian faith.

The Centaur’s Trash Can
Sagittarius is undoubtedly a truth seeker. Although they might try to act differently, they know that the universe plays no favorites. It’s laws are no respecter of persons. Therefore, it is extremely important to discuss the pitfalls that Sagittarians are subject to and what needs to be eliminated if they’re going to become an embodiment of the signs highest energies.

When personifying the lower vibration of Sagittarius, the archer is dogmatic. They somehow ingest the notion that all of the “truth” that they have been so fortunate to come in contact with needs to be spread urgently to everybody. MIND YOU, this is whether others are ready to listen or NOT. So, then the centaur takes it further (not in a positive way) and becomes the proselytizer and redeemer of “lost souls”.

What they fail to realize is they are being a hypocrite. And in all of their divine pomposity, they will deny it to the hilt.

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The same “space” and “freedom” that they champion for so loudly (and sometimes obnoxiously) is what they are impeding in other people. Sagittarians must learn to realize the power of a teachable moment. They must be patient enough to recognize the opportunity when it arises.

Instead of breaking and entering, they have to allow others to open the door and invite them in. Coming to terms with the reality that everyone didn’t go out and purchase a pair of Sagittarius lenses.

Open-minded means receptive to perspectives that may differ, and quite sharply from your own. In essence, the evolved Sagittarian must seek to understand others with the same vigor applied in understanding him/herself. If the matter is important to you, you will do so.

In order to maximize it’s potential, Sagittarius must eliminate the attitudes of dogmatism, arrogance, hypocrisy, pomposity and intolerance.

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A Quick Word on Relationships
When involved in relationships of any sort, independence is a key word for Sagittarians. They wholeheartedly believe that a mutually satisfying relationship and the pursuance of their individual destiny can exist in the same sphere. Some astrological writings characterize the archer as a commitment phobe who seeks to bask in the eternal breeze of bachelor and bachelorettehood . Please allow me to share another perspective.

Sagittarians value their freedom. As they mature and grow into their sign, they realize this freedom is not carte blanche to indulge in self-destructive behavior, but rather the physical and psychological space to think their grand thoughts and share them with whomever they feel the need without restriction.

Any Sagittarian that finds themselves in a confining or restricting situation is a troubled one, indeed. However, the archer’s innate desire to be true to themselves and their aspirations is just too strong to allow them to remain in a stultified.

The horse- half of Sadge bucks at the thought of relationships which are not compatible with their needs for intellectual growthopen exchange and tolerance. If these are not existent,  you may very hear them “giddy up” with the quickness, assess what they’ve learned and continue on their infinite quest.

However, where there is honestyfun, adventuremutual trust and genuine friendship, the centaur feels truly inspired. Whether it’s the globetrotting couple who sees the world together, or philosophical musings until the wee hours of the morning. This is the environment in which the archer flourishes and has no problem committing. For he/she can feel the positive energy. And in keeping with the Sagittarian spirit, best believe their contribution will be large, as the catalyst to new, broader horizons.

Last Words
The Sagittarian journey is filled with vast potential. The archer needs not to detach himself from his/her physical life, but rather keep his/her humanity firmly planted in reality, while aiming arrows straight and true towards the higher realms of thought and existence.  

Sagittarius: May you stay true to the joy and positive energy that encompasses your being. May you find meaning in life and continue to travel to your heart and mind’s content.

Take a Listen to 9th Wonder’s “How Big Is Your World?”

Sagittarius Sun, Aries Moon

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To fight for a cause that we believe in can truly be a noble thing. Accepting the challenges of leadership and the possible consequences is something that’s often discussed and written about, but practiced on much more rare occasions. If there’s a Sun-Moon blend that has the potential to move the world through the strength of conviction, it’s Sagittarius/Aries.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Sagittarius and the Moon in Aries, the core life energy of the individual is geared toward the aiming and shooting of  free flying intellectual arrows supported by a broad and expansive thrust of thought. The Sagittarian arrow’s symbolic desire is to swiftly travel it’s terrain with a wide, telescopic overview and as few limitations as possible.

This is the Archer’s forte, and it’s all in the name of discovering a meaning to life which is ultimately greater and more comprehensive than when the arrows initial journey began. There is an infinite quest to unearth the significance of interrelationships which explain what we once thought was inexplicable.

The light of the Sagittarian Sun is used by the Aries Moon to reflect a person who needs to “ram” and charge his or her way into the world with forceful impact. The reigning need of the personality is to make a strong and significant statement of personal identity. To actively engage in life through competition with self and others.

The Moon’s placement in Aries suggests that the individual is sustained and nourished through tests of will and courage; through flexing one’s muscles and honing their strengths. This Sun-Moon combination is dynamically energized by passionate faith and the potential potency of big ideas and large scale enterprises. With this blend, subtlety takes a back seat as the principles of desire and expansion are expressed in the most straightforward manner imaginable.

Typically, with this Sun-Moon blend, honing in on intuition and operating off of hunches is second nature. However, there’s a fine line between blending intellect and bravado effectively in order to meet life’s challenges and foolheartedly acting on whims and placing yourself in physical, intellectual or emotional danger. The Sagittarian Sun/Aries Moon individual must learn how to tow this line very skillfully.

Possibly the least constructive behavioral manifestation of this solar/lunar pairing is the dogmatic know-it-all and the overtly aggressive personality which rationalizes “operating independently” as the total disregard of any type of input from outside sources. This potential quality of impulsive action is further explained by David Shapiro:

“If we consider the formal characteristics of impulsive action, certain ones easily come to mind. For example, I have mentioned that impulsive action is speedy; it is typically quick in execution , and more important , it is speedy in the sense that the period between thought and execution is usually short. To mention another, it is usually abrupt or discontinuous in contrast to normal activity , which ordinarily seems to follow from avowed or at least perceptible aims of visible preparations.”

If the individual with this combination should engage in extremely self-centered thought which gives way to haphazard action it can morph into the behavioral manifestation of an  overfunctioning “Type A” [with the “SS” to go along with it] personality.

A productive blending of these Sun-Moon energies has the potential to result in a Visionary who not only possesses the courage to lead, but also the intellectual acuity and flexibility to recognize when it’s appropriate to be receptive to the input of others and cooperate on the basis of strengthening their personal relationships.

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Reference: “Neurotic Styles” by David Shapiro

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Relationship Astrology: Sun-Moon Contacts Between Partners

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In Synastry (the astrology of human relationships) Sun-Moon contacts are heralded as a textbook factor of compatibility. While one must explore the birth charts and life experiences of both people, it STILL goes deeper than that.

The Moon has no light of its own, it  uses the solar energy by reflecting it into the universe.

Is this a “good” thing? I don’t know. Is it “bad”? Again, same answer.

I’d say it just is, and whatever we choose to make of it is our decision.

When there’s Sun-Moon contact existent between two individuals, one may have indeed met their true reflection. The parts we love about ourselves and the one’s we may be attempting to escape are right there for us in plain view if we pay attention. Essentially, the identity and aspirations of one individual are connected to the other’s emotional fulfillment.

Who one is becoming may provide nourishment and sustenance to the other. In fact, both people work in this shared dynamic. There’s an atmosphere which brings light to emotions and subconscious material— you know….. the kind which we may be projecting on others, but that’s very much a part of our own psyche.

Sun-Moon contacts serve us as an archetypal meeting of the inner masculine and feminine, and this is NOT gender specific.

These designations are more based on symbolic archetypes and less on whether you’re a Woman or Man. Either way, there’s a fusion of the mover, shaker, and generator ; the part of us that’s active, becomes aroused and asserts, and the instinctive, receptive, yielding energy which speaks to accommodation and containment.

So much of Astrological compatibility depends on the state of consciousness that two people are operating from. If both people have made solid commitments to personal integration, these contacts can prove to be much more enjoyable and sustaining than if they haven’t.

Operating functionally, there’s a climate of mutual support, emotional security and the affirmation of the humanness of both partners. Each person has a clear, illuminated  vision for the relationship and more importantly, and objective view of the other.

In an alternative scenario, we’re staring at parts of ourselves that we may have suppressed because it’s not flattering to our egos. So, of course, it’s always the other person that has “issues”. If they would just “see the light”, everything would alright.

What this dynamic produces in both parties is distortion. Instead of a sunny day, it’s a cloudy one which diminishes the capacity to truly relate to each other. So, instead of human to human contact, one or both partners has been reduced to “hey YOU over there!”

It’s understood that another person can’t “make” us whole. However, working with these contacts in a relationship can certainly provide us with valuable material for understanding what it’s going to take to reach those heights on an individual level. The questions about this Synastry aspect center around whether we’re willing to take responsibility for the material that’s OURS and work with it developmentally rather than casting blame or shame on a person that we claim to love and respect.

We would like to believe that we’re great ALL of the time, at least that’s what the bathroom mirror says, right?

The news flash says: we’re not.

The outlook is dismal if we’re not willing to confront the root causes of WHY we are the way we are. But, if we can find it in ourselves to explore this labyrinth, with loving, nurturing support from our significant others, we can certainly bring our psyches into balance and find out more about what can make us whole.

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Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon : “History”

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One of the most challenging parts of our unfoldment as human beings is undergoing the process of developing into autonomous people. Staking the claim of our own identities outside of the structures which can either serve as liberating forces or stultifying traps: family, educational institutions, friendships, racial groups, gender roles, etc……

Around Adolescence, which is roughly between the ages of 12 and 18, the desire to have our unique personhood validated and affirm ourselves a distinct individual is intensified.

We want to create our own codes, live by independently established values and put our original stamp on our life patterns. Most likely, we’re not solid in exactly who we are at this point,  so the freedom to try on many hats and experiment with various identities is paramount.

There are a number of tension filled conflicts which arise during this stage: peer pressure, the beginning of consistent contact and relations with the opposite sex, major concerns about body image, attractiveness, popularity and the dilemma of “fitting in” or “standing out”. 

To think that all of these polarities, complete with consistent points of crisis will be resolved neatly and cleanly by our 18th birthday is a fantasy. The process has merely started…..

The combination of  the Cancer Sun and Aquarius Moon highlights the anxious, uncertain yet exciting and electric oscillation between remaining rooted and forging forward; between the past and the future.

In a natal (birth) chart, when the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon in Aquarius, the individual is fueled by emotional and familial security. The core life energy seeks the familiarity of a tribe of like-minded individuals. The Cancerian energy is inclined to seek bonds and connections with others whether they’re “blood”, or simply because their ideologies and worldviews click.

It should also be mentioned that the dysfunction of Cancer attunement is manifested behaviorally as the inability to release these bonds, thereby holding others (and themselves) as emotional hostages. The motivation behind this behavior is often because they feel they’ve given so much of themselves through warmth, caring and active listening that it should be returned in equal measure.

The Aquarian Moon uses the Cancerian Sun’s light and energy as fuel to create a personality whose nourished by anything unconventional which doesn’t fall under the criteria of a humdrum existence. There’s a reigning emotional need to be acknowledged as a unique individual complete with all of the quirks. This person won’t be fulfilled until it’s settled that they’re “not like everyone else”.

Additionally, this Sun-Moon blend calls for the person to challenge the same tribe which stimulates their core life energy.

The misuse of the Aquarian Moon energy can be seen in behavior which is rebellious without a cause and slavish to the “fad” of non-conformity just for the sake of it, which is actually conformity by default.

When used constructively, the tension of this challenge can accelerate and broaden life development.

The Cancer fuel that’s used in belonging must make friends with the Aquarian Moon’s need for the personality to individuate.

A possible positive outcome of this Sun-Moon combination is someone who can make their “home” anywhere. An individual who has released the guilt of unnecessary familial obligation and claimed their birthright to view life through their own unique lens while remaining rooted in healthy attachments and relationships which nurture their self-actualization.

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