The Zodiac Signs: 12 Developmental Paths

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For most of us, the art of Astrology has been simplified into a few “keywords” which describe personality or behavioral characteristics for each sign.

We’ve dug into Cosmo’s “Bedside Astrologer” or read Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs” and discovered valuable information in regard to how our signs operate in many different facets of life. So, we’ve learned how sexy Scorpio’s are, but never to cross them. Or, that your Cancer woman will have the house in order and dinner on the table at 6 pm. Even to never trust a Sagittarian with a secret, or to exercise extreme caution against allowing a Leo to borrow your mirror.

While all of these anecdotes have their place, it can become very deductive and limiting to human beings whose main focus consists of self-actualization and evolution. Our Sun signs are not only descriptive in the way that they offer insight into character, but they also represent twelve different paths of evolution and development.

Ladies and gentleman: your birthchart is not a mistake. Yes, we want to trade in our 12th house planets or our Moon in Capricorn, but these placements were bestowed upon us for a reason. Our charts are like a celestial toolbox. Given the situation, we need to be able to pull out the correct instrument. Life would be pretty tough if we looked in our containers and all we had was a set of twelve Ginsu knives when all we need is a hammer for that pesky nail. Our Sun represent the “skin” that we are growing into in this lifetime. The sign that we were given represents the most effective method, style or path of growth and development.

If your Sun is in Aries, you’re walking the path of the warrior. Initiating and acting courageously. Sometimes you have to embark on your journey alone. However, you’re flexing muscles that you never even knew you had. It’s not that warriors never become afraid; they just don’t allow this temporary fear from paralyzing their ability to take effective, decisive action. As an Aries Sun, you are straying from your path when you become too impulsive, acting in a “knee jerk” manner without thinking. Or, you fail to realize that the most intense competition will always be internal.

With the Sun in Taurus, you’re on the path of the builder. Stable and grounded. Using your common sense. Developing persistence to solidify and maintain a structure which “works”. Knowing that slow and steady wins the race and accuracy can never be sacrificed for speed. You have strayed from the builder’s path when you become too rigid. Using familiarity as a crutch
instead of a foundation. Making assessments of value based on how much “discomfort” or change will be involved.

If your Sun is in Gemini, you’re walking the path of the informer. The skin that you must grow into is that of a distributor of valuable information to humanity. You must “get the word” out and use a wide variety of communication methods. Network, make connections and become a “jack
of all trades”. Versatility is your middle name. The title of “eternal student” is your birthright. Your curiosity serves as a guide to keep you open to fresh ideas and perspectives. You have strayed from this path when substance regresses to gossip, trivia and idle chatter. Or, when your connections, become lost in ultra breezy superficiality. When you become compulsively addicted to skating on the surface of life because it’s so “fun”, it may be time for a self-check.

With the Sun in Cancer,  you’re on the path of the protector. Instinctively knowing what to do to make those around you most comfortable. Calming, soothing and nurturing. Letting those that you love and care about deeply know that you have their back. Creating a “safe space” for them to return to whenever they require such care. Embracing your family, whether biological or ideological and supporting your race, country and tribe. You’ve strayed from the path when the “itis” of nostalgia overrides the ability to be objective. When you become obsessed with the past and cranky because you’ve forgotten to create the same secure haven for yourself as you
have for others.

If your Sun is in Leo, you’re walking the path of the performer. Lights, camera and action. It’s time for you to shine. There is a deeply ingrained “star quality” bursting at the seams to be released. The skin that life is calling for you to grow into consists of maximizing your powers of self expression and allowing the world to stand up and take notice of who you truly are. Choosing to enjoy life in a playful and childlike manner. Exercising your sense of wonderment while maintaining a fundamental internal dignity. You stray from the path when you can no longer distinguish your true self from the “roles” that you’re playing. When you become compulsively addicted to praise and approval and your need for external stimuli has reached an all time high and you have to google “introspection.”

With the Sun in Virgo, you’re on the path of the perfectionist. You excel at being able to view the whole and dissect the parts. Amazingly adept at separating the genuine from a” fugazi”, you’re being called to step into any situation and use your powers of observation and analysis and improve the status. You stray from your path when others become “fix it” projects. Or, when you become self critical because you’re so obsessed with what you’re not, or what you “should be” instead of using your energy to actually become that.

If your Sun is in Libra, you’re walking the path of the moderator. You’re a natural at building bridges and alliances. Always appearing in your best light. The ultimate diplomat and “representative.” Charm and grace will never be strangers to your door. You possess extraordinary and refined aesthetic taste.Your’re being called to serve as a artistic authority in whatever area of life that you choose. You stray from your path when you become a chronic ‘fence sitter” when it’s time to choose sides. Or, when an unpleasant truth is necessary and you become too much of a “TACT-ician” instead of offering valuable assistance.

With the Sun in Scorpio, you’re on the path of the healer. Innately equipped for heavy, intense emotional experience. You eat realities for breakfast that would make the hardest thugs crawl up in a corner with a baby bottle. You’ve been through the trials of fire and have emerged reborn and ready to school these mere mortals on “transformation 101”. Life is calling you to fly at your highest heights because you’re well versed in the lowest depths.You stray from your path when you use your piercing insight to sting, manipulate or indulge in power games or emotional blackmail. When you use knowledge to “devour” rather than feed others.

If your Sun is in Sagittarius, you’re walking the path of the wise teacher. You are the embodiment of a true “Renaissance Man” or Woman. Your eclectic telescopic worldview is something to behold. Well-traveled and thirsty for all of the knowledge and experience that life has to offer, you turn expansion into an art form. Your guru-like ability to see the wholeness of life and the big picture deserves a round of applause that would make your Leo cousins blush. However,  you stray from your path when you think you have the copyright on truth. Yeah, you just know it all, don’t you? Well, let’s talk with your friends who paid for your bail. Or, your cousin who wired that money to Vegas so you could get back home to be at work on Monday morning. Dogmatism should not be your forte. Yes, Sadge you can get off your soapbox now.

With the Sun in Capricorn, you’re on the path of the achiever. You have a natural gift for organization which allows you maximum productivity. Because of your capacity for discipline and restraint, getting work done has never been an issue. In fact, you assume a natural executive like authority that makes it extremely easy to respect you. You are being called to embody timeless principles which are revealed in your outward status and success. The skin
you’re supposed to grow into is that of one who produces a tangible product that is worthy of his or her ambitions. You’re deviating from your path when you allow yourself to become cold, controlling and unfeeling in order to become “somebody” in the eyes of society. So, you’ve climbed that mountain and reached the pinnacle. Sadly, you’re all alone. Where did all the “slackers” go?

If your Sun is in Aquarius, you’re walking the path of the revolutionary. You’re being called to shake humanity out of their comfort zones. It’s you who needs to pose the questions regarding if people think and act the way they do because of societal dictates. Testing others and reminding them that walking familial, racial, political and social “party” lines can be poisonous to their mental health and registers at “rock bottom” on their freedom meter. Your skin is that of the catalyst and reformer. Forming perspectives to liberate those stuck in a proverbial rut. You’ve strayed from the path when true change becomes a novelty and you advocate being different just for the hell of it. When you’ve become a slave to rebellion and can’t recognize that your bondage is just as problematic as the person who’s constrained by the chains of convention.

With the Sun in Pisces, you’re on the path of the mystic. There is an ethereal quality that colors your aura so richly that when people ask you where your from, they’re not expecting to receive your answer in the form of a city, state or country. You have access to realms of the mind and spirit that most of us can only read or speculate about. Highly intuitive, you’re being called to be “above the clouds”. Your skin is comprised of exercising your gifts in selfless service to humanity and checking your ego at the door. Through your super powers of imagination and visualization, you can create in solid form. Dreams and symbols are as comfortable to you as that old faithful pair of slippers. You stray from your path when the world you create is mired in deception, haziness and smokescreens. When you choose to be the victim rather than the victor and use your fingers exclusively as pointing instruments in order to relinquish ownership for negative situations which are clearly of your own making.

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Venus in Gemini: “The Love of Variety”

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As we explore the carousel that is Venus in Gemini, we do so with the understanding that Venus can’t be reduced or limited exclusively to “love” in one’s birth chart. There are far more associations which accompany the planet. However, for the purpose of this particular article, one’s idea of love, as viewed through the Venus in Gemini lens, will be emphasized.

For Venus in Gemini, love is intellectual exchange. Love is Great conversation. Love is Mind stimulation. Love is flexibility and the ability to roll with duality. Love is witty and flirtatious. Love is youthful. Love is a trip to Barnes & Noble. Love is coffee shops and crossword puzzles. Love is watching “Jeopardy” in bed.

When interpreting and analyzing this planetary placement, it can’t be repeated enough times that planets or signs don’t “make” you act in any particular fashion. They don’t “do” anything to us, per se. What’s really going on here is that you’re being provided some food for thought concerning how to utilize your natal placement to develop into a more complete and fulfilled person.

For those with a Venus in Gemini placement, change is to be welcomed as a friend and not a threat. This placement suggests that the most auspicious avenues for the love principle to be expressed are through variety, curiosity, mental stimulation and adaptability.

There’s an enjoyment that comes with a fresh outlook and an attraction towards the new and a abhorrence toward stagnancy in personal relationships. If one isn’t constantly being exposed to newfangled insights, their interest soon begins wither and there becomes an immediate question as to whether such as association is necessary any longer.

With Gemini being a Mutable Air sign, a quicksilver swiftness is suggested. When combined with the Venusian principles, there’s a need for the individual to circulate. When one feels entrapped either physically or through stultifying ideas, staleness and psychological stench can set in.

It’s important for those with this planetary placement to consider the “elastic” nature that they require in a partner. Ideally, you want a best friend with whom you can indulge in conversations about a variety of topics and bounce ideas off of. This may come in the form of ONE person, or many.

However, the most important virtue for you to employ is complete honesty about what this package looks like for you coupled with the ability to communicate that to another person.

Venus’ placement in Gemini suggests that intellectual invigoration is a must and the “quiet and mysterious” may not be the move for you. Being truthful about how you’re wired can save you a lot of confusion. Consider that finding solace in the fact that “everything isn’t for everybody” is a long-term victory for you.

You need to be appreciated for your wit and multifaceted nature and this is actually the key toward your sexual arousal. For you, eroticism begins in the mind. You would much rather debate the current political climate of our country than be exposed to constant grand and romantic overtures (unless the totality of the birth chart indicates otherwise). In fact, your approach to sex may be a more cerebral one where discussion and research of sex may be just as, if not more exciting than the act itself. You may also have a mental “merry go round”  that will allow you the flexibility of entertaining certain sexual acts that you wouldn’t necessarily act out under other circumstances.

While the physical appearance of another isn’t to be discounted by any means, the qualities of verbal dexterity, sharp intellect and unceasing inquiry seem to weigh more heavily in your longer term attraction to another person.

As a Venus in Gemini person, one of your most pressing developmental challenges is to use your intelligence and penchant for questioning as a means to discovering the new when it comes to things and people that are “established”. so to speak.

To paraphrase Marcel Proust :

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

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Pisces Sun, Gemini Moon

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Your Sun/Moon blend suggests that you feel most alive when immersing yourself in activities and environments which connect you to the whole of life.  Merging with spirit is what fuels you. Dissolving the barriers which keep humans separated  is an integral part of your life’s purpose and mission.

You can embark upon this journey by taking strides to satiate your natural sense of curiosity and making your life as interesting as possible. In this way, you’re able to fulfill your emotional need for diversity of experience and a multi-faceted existence.

A youthful sense of wonder can sustain your heart and the potential is there to skillfully ride the ebb and flow of life, adjusting to it’s changing circumstances. However, at some point, you’ll have to deal with the question:

“Where is my center?”

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Gemini Sun, Leo Moon

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You can call me anything you want, except boring or ordinary.”

– Some Gemini Sun with a Leo Moon

With this Solar/Lunar blend, you should be counting all of the ways which reveal your versatility as a human being. There’s a pride factor attached to the potential to “wear many hats” and be what the moment requires. In order to extract the maximum potential from this combination, a “celebration of self” is an emotional necessity.

Depending on the circumstances, your “party” could be comprised of overt attention seeking antics or a glowing inner confidence which is nurtured through genuine appreciation of all that’s unique about you. Accessing the light of deep creativity within your heart can undoubtedly serve you as a portal which allows you to express you adaptability to a myriad of lifestyles, people and situations.

Cultivating such abilities can have far-reaching implications for playing in the big leagues when it comes to putting passion and promotion behind ideas and concepts designed to further the growth of humanity at large.

Just for the record, what you’re NOT on earth for is to be a one dimensional drone that’s a slave to routine. Someone with this celestial ID is meant to defy the stiff packaging which permeates rigid categorization WITH CONFIDENCE. The light, airy breeze of the Gemini Sun is fanned by the fiery flames of the Leo Moon, granting you the birthright to star in what is supposed to be a masterfully crafted motion picture known as YOUR LIFE.

The charismatic presence which you need to nurture is meant to emit in several different directions and adjusted as needed.  However, here’s one important thing to remember:  Too much “flitting” can weaken your vitality and can also suggest an aversion to staying the course which will help you grow.

After all, life isn’t all fun and games. To approach life with a child’s mind and heart can awaken you to countless possibilities, but your disorder and self-undoing comes from claiming “boredom” (which is a word and concept which should forever be eliminated from your vocabulary).  Please don’t delude yourself into thinking that you’re moving on to “greener pastures” because you’ve allowed yourself to be seduced into chasing what you think is the next best thing.

Your potential strengths include a colossal heart coupled with a youthfully exuberant mind which is ripe with agility and curiosity. Without a doubt, your intellect can assist you in examining and truly understanding you motivations for doing things.

Are you charting your course based on the presumption of praise or approval? Are you managing situations to the degree in which you can ONLY be seen in your best light?

To live fully is to throw your heart into your endeavors and risk making mistakes and even possibly appearing foolish. Your roar needs to be authentic and can’t be technically measured.

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Libra Sun, Gemini Moon, Aquarius Rising

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Here, the mental orientation is crystal clear.

The core life energy inherent in this blend is about balancing one’s self acceptance with social approval; weighing the need to actively craft one’s identity and seeing self through the eyes of others.

This is reflected in the personality form  where the core emotional needs are related to diversification and adaptability. You’re nourished by having your hands in a little bit of everything and understand what it means to have competing priorities.

Your thrust into the world is navigated by a “vehicle” which is inclined to explore alternate ways of being which defy social conventions and challenge the status quo.

Active social circulation and sincere curiosity about others serves as a gateway to forging the interpersonal relationships which are needed to maintain your vitality.

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Leo Sun, Gemini Moon

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Showmanship. The Gift of gab. Big talk- and the demonstration to back it up with action. Or, the king or queen of blowing “hot air”.

Your life energy is connected to being your own authority and ruling your own roost, and it connects with a need for mental stimulation and diversity of experience.

Also, you’re nourished by cleverness and adaptability to life’s changing situations. You know just what to say, and HOW to say it with flair to set the hearts of people on fire.

You possess the potential to be the “star of many shows” and can gain the ability to exude an air of confidence in a myriad of life directions.

if your ego is not regulated, it can result in a fragmented identity or lack of wholeness where you find yourself only being able to function within the narrow confines of very specific and “boxed” in contexts. If this is the case, chances are: you’ve been trapped in grandiosity.

Your potentials for personal charisma are reflected in a personality that’s at home with dexterity. When operating at optimum level, you can stir the masses with verbal panache and cutting witticisms.

However, your leadership must not simply point the way, or give glib lip service, it must also leave an imprint on every piece of ground, for all to see, so everyone will know you walked that way.

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Venus Square Neptune : Seeing Through The Fog

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Having a firm grasp on reality without feeling like we have to sacrifice our imagination can be a full time job to some.  With Venus square Neptune in the birth chart there’s a suggestion that an adjustment needs to be made in how one’s views people and relationships in general.

Developmental tension is present between one’s idealism, values and sense of unity. When operating on a dysfunctional level, this aspect suggests that one distorts perceptions of those that they’re intimately involved in and engages in “selective relating”, thereby deleting information from their experience that may cause them pain and choosing to opt for a less “traumatic” version of events.

In the worst case scenario, this individual ends up as a victim of their own rose colored spectacles and projections.

They may even go as far as to create a “pretend partner” who responds to their every request and wish in a way which supports their illusion while declining interaction of a more authentic sort out of fear it will break the “spell.”

Working with this aspect on a conscious level, one has the capacity to offer unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance of the highest caliber to another human being.  Boundaries are recognized, but the relationship doesn’t have barriers to deeper intimacy because of the choice to face reality in an uncensored fashion.

©2017 by Sagittarian Mind Consulting

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Astrology and Twitter: Much More Than 280 Characters

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I enjoy social networking. More specifically, I like to tweet. I think it brings us into contact with many people and mediums of discourse which we may not be as easily exposed to in other environments. Additionally, I’m able to express some astrological insights in rations of 280 characters or less.

However, as an Astrologer , it’s quite challenging and often times difficult to to offer any type of in depth analysis of birth charts, compatibility, etc… within the confines of this format.

A comprehensive birth chart analysis usually consists of a consultation format. These one on one sessions provide an opportunity to engage in a rich, meaningful dialogue with the client; to enter into an exchange and receive valuable feedback concerning how the individual experiences the contents of their birth chart.

After all, this is a person’s life we’re talking about here: relationship issues, spiritual crisis, vocational concerns and the like. I would say that areas which carry such a significance should be treated with the time, attention and care that they deserve. It’s rare that a series of tweets or direct messages can even scratch the surface in uncovering the layers of depth which encompass such areas of life development.

Even to discuss whether we’re compatible with other people takes an analysis of the birth charts of both individuals complete with a significant discussion. Actually, there probably wouldn’t be enough 280 character blocks to provide the information needed without getting carpal tunnel.

Unfortunately, we live in a world which promotes “quick fix” solutions. Lose weight quick, get money quick, fall in love, etc..  Astrology has somewhat found its way into this quicksand because it’s been, and continues to be marketed en masse as a one size fits all proposition.

There are various books and magazines on the market that tell us “he’s a Pisces and she’s a Scorpio: this is a match made in heaven, prepare for everlasting bliss.” Or, “He’s a Sagittarius and she’s a Virgo: run for the hills!!!!”  Although Sun signs play a part in the equation, this type of analysis is sorely incomplete and very misleading.

When it comes to ourselves and our relationships, it’s imperative that we examine the existent patterns in our behavior as well as the broad range of needs within us that require fulfillment. It’s very doubtful that 280 character blurbs on twitter will address what we require in all of our complexity as human beings.

If you’re truly interested in exploring the map of your psyche and inner dynamics, a consultation with a competent and caring Astrologer is most definitely a worthwhile investment.

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Astrological Compatibility & The “3 Dynamics” : A Broader View

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When traveling the road of Astrological compatibility, much of the writing I’ve read implies a point of view which excludes what I would call “holistic energies”, from the picture.

There seems to be more of an emphasis on whether “this sign works with that sign” rather than how intimate relationships can be part of a gateway which serves our total development.

So, the focus becomes whether Scorpio and Sagittarius “get along” versus what types of relationships are necessary to grow into the type of people we’re supposed to become.

One of the things I discuss frequently with clients are three dynamics, which are simultaneously individual, yet inseparable.

When considering what a truly “compatible” union actually means, all of these passages must have the potential to flourish:

(1) The dynamic of personal development– When we’re dealing with questions of compatibility. It’s essential that we ask about our own potential to develop within the framework of the relationship. Often, we find ourselves wildly attracted to the prospect of being involved with a partner only to discover later on that the coupling stifles, rather than nurtures the person we’re aspiring to be. In essence, we find ourselves trapped. While one part of the relationship may be “adequate”, we feel a certain discontent which could possibly morph into animosity, because we’re well aware that we want to maximize our gifts on a wider scale.

(2) The dynamic of the “other’s” development–  Much of what was just said now applies to the other person (or people) we may be relating to. The questions we must ask ourselves now center around if we’re providing adequate space and support for our partner(s) to grow. Due largely to our conditioning, we may feel that we should now receive exclusive “priority” in every possible situation because we’re in a relationship. However, the fact remains that our partner had goals and objectives which were completely outside of us before we met, and it’s most likely that they still do. We now have to question our capacity to develop strategies which make room for and encourage them in their pursuit of self-expression.

(3) The “shared” dynamic – This ebb and flow deals with synergy. Everything we are as a “couple”. Our collective philosophy and mission statement of the relationship. It’s what we wish to produce as a “team”, and the energy we enjoy when both people have been pursuing their self-actualization and bring it back into the fold as a tool for learning and instruction, as to strengthen and expand the union. Also, questions emerge as to what type of relationship we’re expressing to the community at large. We ask how us being together helps to affect the lives of others, and what our aims are, if any, for adding to the advancement of the collective.

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I’m putting forth the idea that compatibility be viewed in a much wider context than it has been, or else we’re most likely selling ourselves short from a holistic view.

When we ignore the totality of our being, we can easily create room for significant imbalances to creep into our relationships. We may love being with our partner, but suddenly realize we have “no life” outside of her/him.

Or, we may become so caught up in outside pursuits that we don’t effectively prioritize that special time needed for cultivation of our relationship.

In addition, we could become so engulfed in presenting a “front” to society as a “power couple”, managing our image to appear in a certain light, and forget all about the larger purpose of why we came together.

Truly effective astrology produces many more questions for further exploration than hardcore answers. I’m inviting all of you, who may be involved with a partner(s), or thinking about embarking on the journey of an intimate relationship, to carefully consider this food for thought and digest what you see fit and eliminate what doesn’t serve you at this time.

 

Astrological Aspects To The Sun

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Sun- Moon : Illumination/importance of one’s racial and ancestral heritage. The power of the Ancestors. Mother & father. Anima & Animus. Race pride. Creative nurturing. Synthesis of the Masculine and Feminine archetypes. The creative Feminine. The sensitive Masculine.

Sun-Mercury: Creative communication. Communication intertwined with one’s identity or creative expression. The famous writer. A powerful orator. In hip-hop: the boastful emcee. One who puts his/her whole bring into speeches.

Sun- Venus : The beautiful ones. The importance of graceful expression. The Artist personified. One who gains energy through aesthetic appreciation. The bridge-builder. A born diplomat. The embodiment of Oshun. The archetypal musician.

Sun-Mars : Warriorhood personified. The application of will is essential to one’s personal/creative expression. The Masculine center of energy. “Oozing” raw sexual energy in an over manner. Hair-trigger temper. Visible and illuminated aggression. Righteous rage.

Sun-Jupiter: A teacher, scholar and philosopher seeking expression. The generous, grandiose self. Vastly bloated and full of pomposity. Thinks “God” is on his/her side. The “Professor at Large” (Shout out to Extra P!) “Bible Beater”. Dogmatically claiming the one and only path to righteousness. Moral Superiority complex. One with Big Ideas. Mega-Live. Reverend Do-Good (Shout out to De La Soul). Justice seeker. Believes in the power of positive thinking. Evangelical fervor permeates self-expression. There’s “a right and a wrong way.”

Sun-Saturn : Responsible illuminating of identity. Organization of self.  Jenoch or Mentor. Eldership. Finding oneself through pain and difficult experiences. No frills, no bullshit. The inner taskmaster. A serious, self-contained personal presentation. Enlightenment comes via trials, tribulations limits, restrictions and hard work. You shine through personal accountability and the constructive use of boundaries.

Sun-Uranus : Self-realization comes through putting one’s unique stamp on life, and questioning “standard” or “mainstream” ways of thinking, doing and behaving. Using personal creativity as a tool of innovation, yet accepting the alienation that comes with that. You’re one who gets called “crazy”, but gets quoted continuously over time. The hip-hop artist whose lyrics you finally “Get” much later on.

Sun-Neptune: The dreamer and idealist. The ethereal self-presentation. may be so concerned about unity with everything around them that they’re hazy on who they are. failing to establish appropriate boundaries with the collective. trying to be all things to everybody. A chameleon. A con-artist, selling unlikely hopes and impossible dreams. Spirituality is found through discovering a concrete self. Must discover the difference between being fluid and wishy-washy.

Sun-Pluto : Powerful Self – or creatively masterful manipulator. Must discover how to use personal power wisely and constructively. Can undergo multiple “deaths” in service of self-transformation. Understands the meaning of the “new birth”. can feel one’s own authentic personal expression is threatening, so they hide themselves, putting other on “remote control”. can have a transformative effect on others as a force to be remembered or a demagogue to forget. Charisma can empower or entrap.

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