New Moons, Full Moons & Eclipses

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” Ultimately, a man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is HE who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life ; to life he can only respond by being responsible……… Responsibleness is the very essence of human existence. So one should not search for an abstract meaning of life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment.  Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus everyone’s task is as unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” – Victor Frankyl

So, what’s the deal with all of this stuff? The New Moon, Full Moon and all of these eclipses? One of the most common questions that I receive is: “what does this mean for me?” We all possess an individual birth chart, and this will tell the story. Before we move to the macro level, I would like to hit everyone with some very basic information about these phases of the lunation cycle so that we may be in a position to take advantage of the energy:

New Moon: A New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon are conjunct (at the same degree,in the same sign) For example: when  the Sun is in Cancer at 13 degrees and the Moon is also in Cancer at 13 degrees, this is a New Moon. The energy of the sign that the Moon occupies at this time is rather intense. The current moon sign’s expression is “all over the place” if we’re paying attention. In order to gain maximum benefit from this phase, we must check our personal birth charts to see where the new moon is occurring. This will give us clues as to where to focus our energies. This is an excellent time to set an intention. To make a new beginning. To essentially reclaim anything concerning our own personal power or identity that we might have given away to anyone else….. Like: bladow! Gimme that back!! 

Full Moon:  During the full moon phase, the sun and the moon are at  the same degree in opposite signs.  For example: If the Sun in Sagittarius at 5 degrees and the Moon in Gemini at 5 degrees,  this is a full moon. Just as the symbolism of the physical entities indicates, our psyches also become more aware of polarities, or opposites. We’re naturally searching for a bridge to unite the divisions that occur inside of us.  We might even benefit from using our personal relationships as mirrors to become more aware of the positive or negative behavioral patterns which have become embedded in our way of being. It’s also important, no matter what we discover, that we’re able to exhibit objectivity and examine both sides of the equation. By instituting a balanced approach to all we encounter during this period, we’re then able to counteract the unsettling energies that come with the territory. Once again, where the full moon occurs in our individual chart will assist in the unfolding of the plot.

Eclipses:  The New and Full Moons are the times at which eclipses occur. Most of the time, we get two sets of solar and lunar eclipses per year. So… here’s the deal…. Eclipses are very unpredictable. Some Astrologers say: “the truth finally comes out!” While I would be reluctant to say if it’s really the “truth” or not, chances are, whatever we might be suppressing, or have moved into the furthest regions of our mind has a reasonable chance of re- surfacing during an eclipse.  The elders say :“you’ll deal with it until you’re done with it.” I would say that this adage is ultra- applicable during these times.  If we’ve been ignoring the tapping and soft knocks on the window of our psyche , the energy is ripe for broken glass.

Now… don’t get me wrong, this “broken glass” can also serve as a symbol for our freedomAn eclipse is a fruitful time for wiping our personal slates clean. Opening our eyes and ears REALLY wide in order to make a serious, and even ruthless assessment of whom and what we’ve allowed into our circle up until now: relationships, behaviorsactivities, jobsattitudes, goals and all else. At this time, we have a huge opportunity to retain, and improve upon what constructively serves us, and purge ourselves of what doesn’t.

So…. what does this all mean for US?

I agree with the approach to Astrology that says: WE happen to events, events don’t HAPPEN to us. Through our choices, we’re the ultimate assigners of meaning to our experiences. These cycles are merely symbols that serve as initiators for our future actions. In his book “Cycles of Becoming“, Alexander Ruperti  touched on this point:

“The way we act and the meaning we find in a particular experience during a given cycle represent the creative, individual element, the nature of the cycle and the cycle’s phase which corresponds to the experience enable one to understand better the significance of what one does and experiences at the time.”

These events mean what WE make them mean, via the clues that are supplied within our birth charts.

It doesn’t matter if E.T. emerged and touched any one of us with his illuminated index finger. If we have no context in which to apply significance or meaning to that experience, it is very unlikely that there will ever be any. At best, it will just be a bugged out story to share with friends over drinks.

Let’s always remember that while the planetary cycles may serve as the motorwe still serve as the keyWe must access our own inner power to turn that key, start our engines and establish a clear direction in which to travel.

Libra Keywords- Sagittarian Mind Style

 

 

The other side of the game. Ma’at. Balance. Reciprocity. Full cooperation. Beautiful skin. Bridging the gap. Harmonize. It’s a Love Thing. Affirmative action. You & Yours. The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World. Smooth Operator. All the ladies in the place with style and grace. The Diplomats. Getting Married. The Beautiful Ones. “For the record, I love you.”, Come share my love. Share my world. All I need is you. You’re all I need to get by. Love Language. The Beauty Within. Back and Forth. Let’s talk about our love. Half & Half. Love Jones. All in love is fair. Beautiful morning. One on one. Allure.

Deprogramming Our Astrological Mind

 

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Many of us who are familiar with Astrology and it’s language immediately recognize the name Liz Greene. Liz is a psychologically oriented Astrologer whose insights I find to be astoundingly valuable and poignant. Some of her seminars, through the Centre for Psychological Astrology have been transcribed and converted into book form, which I find to be an excellent idea.

During one of the workshops about the Sun Signs, there was a particular exchange between Liz and a member of the audience which reignited my feelings about Astrological stereotypes.

During the lecture, Liz was discussing the needs of the different Sun Signs and she arrived at Sagittarius. She went on to ask the audience their thoughts on what the sign wanted out of life. The usual answers such as “meaning” and “purpose” were immediately offered up and Ms. Greene began to expand on them by mentioning the Sagittarian need for holistic understanding through intuitive realizations, making connections and so forth.

After she finished explaining her insights, she was asked the following question by a member of the audience:

“Are Sagittarians prepared to make sacrifices to find meaning? I always think they look for the easiest route. They’re opportunistic

Liz responded: ” That sounds like a personal judgement based on an encounter with a Sagittarian that didn’t work out.”

VOILA!

What’s important about this exchange is the reminder of how Astrology can imprison our psyche as well as liberate it. When thinking astrologically, it’s a necessity that we’re able to distinguish behavior from sign. It’s equally vital that we’re able to separate the behavior of one person, or even a few, from the inclination to attribute that to an entire zodiac sign.

When we begin our thinking with these kind of inaccuracies, it only stands to reason that the final result will prove to be misleading. However, if we’re more concerned about being “right” and confirming our suspicions about certain signs, then this mentality may prove to be comfortable for those who aren’t inclined to put forth the time and effort needed to make accurate distinctions.

In closing, we also must remember that all of us are made of the same energies, but they’re arranged in a pattern which gives us our uniqueness. So, any information we think we’ve unearthed about another sign, could just as easily be applied to us as we have to a greater or lesser degree the same needs and drives which pervade our psyches.

Let’s de-program our astrological minds.

Reference: Apollo’s Chariot: The Meaning of The Astrological Sun, by Liz Greene pp. 59-60.

Astrology is For Everyone

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As I peruse the various internet message boards and social networks, from time to time I stumble across comments from people within the African-American community which strongly suggest that Astrology isn’t “for” Black people. That it’s metaphysical orientation will somehow lead to becoming a weak and passive individual. Propagating the notion that Astrology’s contents are not suited to address the harsh problems currently facing African-Americans. I notice the existence of a simultaneous attraction and repulsion, coupled with curiosity and skepticism where Astrology is concerned. Also, an unfortunate type casting of those who take interest in Astrological study as naive and gullible. As if the study of the cosmos and it’s unitive relation to human beings is something that a “mature” person wouldn’t consider.

I strongly oppose the viewpoints in the African-American community which reveal themselves as rigid and polarized in regard to  anything which may accelerate our psychological and spiritual development. In fact, many of the “problems” which are said to be “too major” for Astrology to handle or penetrate have their direct roots in the psyche. Astrology, used constructively and as a diagnostic tool can shed layers of meaning in relation to the workings of the mind, both individually and collectively where these issues have taken root.

In fact, I like Astrology’s comparison to an X-ray:just as the X-ray provides access to the visible physical structure, the horoscope, or birth chart allows us to see the psychological structure of the individual.

For those who continue their unfounded citicism, there’s a good chance that (1) you’ve never attempted to engage in an informed, comprehensive study of astrology or (2) you’ve decided to buy into the myth that Astrology is mere “entertainment” and have settled for a lackluster and incomplete version.

It even suprises me somewhat that those in the community who label themselves as “conscious” individuals and pride themselves on being critical thinkers and researchers, not being hoodwinked, etc..will open their mouths to criticize Astrology without having seen or touched a serious book on the subject. I would certainly think that these rules for employing investigative analysis would be equally applicable where a subject as vast as Astrology is concerned.

My statement to all African-American’s who may be interested in pursuing serious Astrological study for the benefit of yourself or others is this: There is no group of people on earth who have a monopoly on this knowledge. If Astrology is something which resonates with you and you wish to study it as a means for developing a greater degree of self -understanding and living more effectively- by all means, DO IT! Ignore the naysayers who stand on the sidelines and haven’t done the research. Those who have never touched a serious Astrology book in their lives and just want to spread their doubt and negativity to anyone who will listen.

ASTROLOGY is for EVERYONE.

The Taurus Archetype: Doug Heffernan

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If you’re not familiar with the name Doug Heffernan, he’s the character who was played by Kevin James on the now defunct comedy series “King of Queens”. On a personal note, I think this show is hilarious and the character of Doug definitely goes a long way in illustrating the Taurus Archetype. Granted, there are many ways in which an astrological archetype can be expressed. However, Doug’s character unearths a lot of what we know about Taurus in it’s most basic form.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Taurus, the fuel which stimulates the individual is that which is geared toward keeping things as they are. Basically, a tranquil life with no real surprises. Maintaining the status quo and things as they should be. The tendency is to gravitate toward what’s known because it brings a sense of comfort and security.

On the show, Doug’s character is a driver for the fictional company “IPS”. He’s been there for a number of years and likes his job. In short, he’s comfortable. He goes to work every day, clocks in , delivers his packages and then comes home to his wife Carrie. Admittedly, Doug has voiced no passionate ambition to climb the ladder at his company, but rather to do the best he can in his current position.

For the most part, his character suggests a Man of even disposition with not a lot of highs and lows. He’s relatively easy to get along with and has friends who enjoy his company. In fact, he’s had the SAME friends for a really long time, so the stability factor is there:gravitation to the known and familiar. Doug has a regular hang out spot called “Cooper’s” where he meets up with Deacon Palmer, who is his co-worker and best friend, his Cousin Danny and Spence, who is Danny’s roommate.

It’s fair to say that Doug can be counted on to do what he says he’s going to do. He comes home every night and lives in relative peace with Carrie despite some of the mishaps and adventures which pervade the household.

Doug’s character also illustrates the dysfunctional side of Taurus. In most cases, unless it’s serving him directly, he’s very reluctant to try anything that’s not familiar to him. There are several episodes in the show  where this attitude is evident.

In one episode, Carrie wants to start socializing with her colleagues from work more, so she sets up arrangements to start interacting with other couples. To show his disapproval, Doug engages is some very off putting and even grotesque antics, when Carrie is absent to drive other couples away. His remark is that he “likes our friends just fine and doesn’t need any new ones.”

I’m going to be astrotyping the rest of this cast soon, as it was one of my favorite shows.

Mercury-Saturn Aspects : I Ain’t No Joke

 

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When our mental faculties, symbolized by the planet Mercury, team up with the taskmaster, represented by Saturn, the potential result is a serious and methodical mind.

If you have mercury-saturn contacts in your birth chart, you have the opportunity to become an intellectual adept.

Blending the mercurial curiosity and inquisitiveness with  “saturnesque” discipline, steadiness and depth.  However, you must earn this through hard work and earnest effort.

Your brain isn’t lightweight, that’s for sure.

Constructive, practical thought serves as your ally, and your ultimate desire is to see your mental creations manifest in concrete form.

Water cooler conversations probably aren’t something that you look forward to. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to make the effort to engage in some “small talk” in order to loosen you up a bit. Besides, a good laugh never hurt anyone. And don’t worry, you’ll still be able to keep your credibility in tact.

Remember that you’re an extremely competent individual and prepare yourself to offer your thorough insights with no hesitation.

Your clear headed focus and immense powers of concentration are indeed, no joke.

 

Taurus Keywords – Sagittarian Mind Style

 

Beauty Jackson. Solid as a rock. Rock steady. Around the way girl. The nature. The pleasure principle. My mind on my money, and my money on my mind. Drop a gem on em’. Flowers. Touch it. Habitat. The Cash. I love the dough. Get Money. I’m out for presidents to represent me. Physical Stamina. Beautiful Skin. Play it safe. No time for fake ones. In the flesh. Material girl. Show me what you got. Money on the clock. All about the benjamins. Sensual seduction. Real eyes. Mostly the Voice. It’s all real. Revenue Retreivin’. The Natural. You gots to chill. Loyalty. Ain’t a damn thing changed. Jewels. Let’s chill…… let’s settle down. Comfortably numb. Take your time. Simply Havin’. Enchanted Lady. I don’t wanna ill, I just wanna chill. Now you’re mine.

Zodiac Quotes For 7/14/2013

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Aries: “Once a person says, “This is who I really am, what I am all about, what I was really meant to do”, it is easier to decide how to spend one’s time.”
-David Viscott

Taurus:  “Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and of all achievement.”
-Claude M. Bristol

Gemini: “The first rule of success, and the one that supersedes all others, is to have energy. It is important to know how to concentrate it, how to husband it, how to focus it on important things instead of frittering it away on trivia.”
-Michael Korda

Cancer: “Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.”
-Nathaniel Emmons

Leo: “Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”
-Pearl S. Buck

Virgo: “Forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.”
-Dennis Waitley

Libra: “If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self- interest, you can have practically anything you go after.”
-Napoleon Hill

Scorpio: “You can have anything you want-if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, have anything you desire, accomplish anything you set out to accomplish- if you will hold that desire with singleness of purpose…..”
-Robert Collier

Sagittarius: The need of expansion is as genuine an instinct in man as the need in a plant for the light, or the need in man himself for going upright. The love of liberty is simply the instinct in man for expansion.”
-Matthew Arnold

Capricorn: “Anything that is wasted effort represents wasted time. The best management of our time thus becomes linked inseparably with the best utilization of our efforts.”
-Ted Engstrom & R. Alec MacKenzie

Aquarius: “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”
-Flora Edwards

Pisces: “You will become as small as your controlling desire; or as great as your dominant aspiration.”
-James Allen

KRS ONE: The Leo

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Does this man REALLY need an introduction? The answer is no. However, I’m going to give him one out of the immense respect that I have for what he’s done to life the art of hip hop to a higher level. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, THIS is the Blastmaster KRS-ONE . Born on August 20, 1965, he represents the Sun sign Leo.

“When you need a lyrical leader with oratorical triple features, who am I? The MC. When you need to rock your three-thousand seat arena best believe ya, who am I? The MC. When you need to get the word on the street with demeanor, who am I? The MC.”

The essence of Leo is permeated through the uninhibited expression of our most unique selves. Just as the lion has a territory, the human Leo needs a kingdom.

The corner that he/she has carved out into the world through full utilization of their talents so that they may feel regal and special. Some may view this as too much ego, but the lions and lioness’ of this world simply affirm and recognize their own greatness. The hearty dose of self-confidence which they’ve been imprinted with since birth doesn’t hurt either.

” Who am I ? The MC. Showin’ my authority, superiority and artistic minority- now ya startin’ me.”

Leo’s know that without a doubt, they’re one of a kind. Part of their unique life task is to choose a creative endeavor and then shine. To lead. To serve as symbolic heatlight and energy to inspire and ignite others.  Leo is ruled by the Sun, and if it were not for the solar force, what would the world be like?

“In Hip Hop’s atomic structure, I am the nucleus.” (Rappers R in Dainja)

One of the most important lessons that Leo needs to learn is that there’s indeed enough light for everyone. Allow others to claim theirs just as you claim yours.

 

Yasiin Bey: Speaking Sagittarian

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Most people that know me well are super aware of my interest in both astrology and hip-hop. I believe the parallel is fascinating. Every chance I get, I try to fuse the two languages together to “decipher the code”. In fact, the more I listen to some of these emcee’s, the more I “see” or hear their zodiac sign shining through . This will probably be a continuous series, but I’ve put together some examples of various artists who are speaking astrologese, and may not even recognize it. However, this Astrologer does……….

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Enter  Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) Sagittarian, born December 11, 1973. Representing the archer ever so lovely in his song with DJ Honda “Travelin’ Man”, which I don’t think could be any more appropriately titled. A large part of the Sagittarian  life curriculum  is comprised of the expansion of thought. One of the primary ways this is possible, is through travel. This can be embodied through our mental faculties, or physical exploration of the globe. The beginning of the song screams Sagittarius. Mos asks: “Yo, yo… what time the plane leaving?”Then, he continues….. “I’ll see you at the airport“. The bridge of the song The bridge of the song says:

“I’m a travelin’ man, moving through place and space and time, got a lot of things I got to do, God willin’ I’m comin’ back to you, baby boo.”

To a Sagittarius, the journey or quest is just as important as the destination. There’s no doubt that Yasiin is going to put his heavy bags down and relax when he comes home, but like the typical Sagittarian, he is now absorbed in his journey and wants to learn and broaden his mindas much as possible while on it. Unfettered by distractions or heavy emotional demands.

It rarely gets more Sagittarian than that.