The Aries Mixtape: Follow The Leader

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Yes, Rams your time has come.  Like your fire sign cousins, you are impossible to overlook. With Leo, you feel the glow and the warmth before you even catch a glimpse.

You feel the enthusiasm, and hear the voice of a Sagittarian clear down the block. Aries? Well, lets just say I got the memo about your season with a thunder bolt and a sky diver who was carrying a sign containing the phrase: “winning” .

You are the warrior, the risk taker, the enteprising man and woman that welcomes competition. If you could change the spelling of the word Aries, you would begin it with an “I”.

There is much to be said about the optimum use of Aries energy. When constructively directed, you have an assertive, dynamic, confident leader who is never afraid to visit unchartered waters. The captain of his or her own ship and the master of their destiny. They’re phrase would be: “lead, follow or get out of the way.” Well, lets make sure that you actually LET others get out of the way.

When the Ram’s energy is misdirected, they’re the proverbial bulldozer who has chosen to abandon the art of diplomacy in favor of the iron fist. Trampling on the rights of others with the “my way or the highway” mentality. Ideally, three of the most important evolutionary lessons for Aries to learn are :

(1) Competition is not external. It’s an internal dialogue. You are battling yourself to see how great you can be. If you’re to “conquer ” anything, conquer your attitudes, behaviors and habits that have you operating at less than your best.

(2) You “win”in the truest fashion when you establish an internal code which you remain true to despite any external chatter or criticism.

(3) Making Aries an art form will convert you from being individual-istic to individ-uated. Seeking to become a whole, well integrated person. Remaining loyal to your inner core and vision, while still welcoming input from others. A leader by example, with the ability to compromise. Now, that’s a “W”. And yes, you can still keep the thunder bolt.

In honor of Aries, I’ve put together a mixtape that explains their essence. I hope you enjoy.

Side 1 (Mars)

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1. Soldier – Erykah Badu
2. War Zone – Black Moon
3. The Militia (Rmx) – Gangstarr feat. Big Shug + Freddie Foxx
4. Salute Pt. II – M.O.P. feat. Gangstarr
5. Fast Lane – Bilal
6. I’m Not Afraid – Jill Scott
7. Speed – Little Brother
8. Anger In The Nation – Pete Rock + C.L. Smooth
9. Pioneers – EPMD
10. Time 4 Some Akshun – Redman
11. Stick To Ya Guns – M.O.P.  feat. Kool G. Rap
12. Machine Gun Funk – Notorious B.I.G.
13. Boom ! – Royce Da 5’9″
14. Stand Strong – Smif-N-Wessun
15. Champion Sound – Dilla + Madlib
16. Play 2 Win – Gangstarr
17. #1 Soul Brother – Pete Rock
18. Another Victory- Big Daddy Kane
19. Rappers R In Danja – KRS One
20. Bravebird- Amel Larrieux

Side 2 (1st House)

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1. My World – O.C.
2. Take It Personal – Gangstarr
3. Me, Not The Papes (Rmx) – Jeru The Damaja
4. Selfish – Slum Village
5. Represent – Nas
6. Powerful Impak – Black Moon
7. Follow The Leader – Eric B. & Rakim
8. Call My Name – Keith Murray
9. The Mask- Doom + Danger Mouse + Ghostface Killah
10. Ladies First – Queen Latifah
11. I’m The Man – Gangstarr feat. Jeru The Damaja
12. One- Ghostface Killah
13. The Self- Science – Self Scientific
14. It’s On You – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
15. You’re Da Man- Nas
16. Express Yourself – Salt & Pepa
17. This Is Me – Common
18. Last Man Standing- EPMD
19. If I Ruled The World – Nas feat. Lauryn Hill
20. My Life- Mary J. Blige

Aries Roll Call: Bumpy Knuckles, Q- Tip, D.J. Premier, Large Professor,  Afrika Bambaataa, Jimmy Cliff, Redman, Peter Tosh, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Babyface, Maya Angelou, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Da Brat, Suge Knight, Star Jones, Colin Powell, Quentin Tarantino, Elton Brand, Mariah Carey, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Kate Hudson, Claire Danes, Martin Lawrence, John Madden, Stephanie Mills, Norah Jones, Andy Garcia, Steven Seagal, Randall Cunningham, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Sarah Vaughn, Teddy Pendergrass, Lionel Hampton, Eddie Murphy, Paul Robeson, Diana Ross, Debi Thomas, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Pearl Bailey, Celine Dion, Selena, Jackie Chan, Robert Frost, James Caan, Vince Vaughn, Al Gore, Herp Alpert, Ram Dass, Dane Rudyhar, William Shatner, Method Man, Robert Downey, Jr., Hugh Heffner, Christopher Walken, Dave Letterman, Harry Houdini.

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The Astrological Sun : “Warm It Up”

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Speaking from both an astrological and astronomical point of view, the Sun is our light.

When applied to our birth charts, the Sun is symbolic of our center. Our core. It’s the conscious SELF we’re striving to become. The fuel we need to embody our life purpose.

Most of us have been introduced to Astrology via the Sun sign variety.

While it’s widely recognized that just knowing our Sun signs alone does not constitute a complete picture of us, the fact still remains that everything contained within our birth charts is ultimately aimed to serve the aspirations of what our Sun signs represent on one level or another.

One of the misconceptions that I’d like to clear up about being born under a certain sign is that it doesn’t automatically MAKE us anything.

Quite often, the Sun signs’ placement tends to be interpreted more on a character than an archetypal level.

We’re not magically endowed with certain personality traits just because we happen to be a Sagittarius, Libra or Cancer.  However, for a lifetime, our quest or pilgrimage will reflect different variations of Sagittarian, Libran and Cancerian themes.

What our Sun’s (as any other astrological placements) indicate is POTENTIAL.  An opportunity for us to “major” in that sign’s energy, aspirations and curriculum throughout a lifetime.

Not only does the Sun provide light, but it also provides HEAT and WARMTH, and it SHINES.

Our Sun sign suggests the manner in which we’re being asked to “warm it up” in our lives. To make ourselves known and express the authenticity of our being.

If we’re asking ourselves questions which surround how we’re special and the unique brand of potentials which we need to develop to become self-realized, and the channel through which we need to create and radiate, we need to pay close attention to our Sun sign.

In order for us to feel “alive” and sane, it’s important that we constructively, actively and  consciously express our Sun Sign’s redeeming qualities.

When we view our Sun as a goal to aspire to, rather than one which is already achieved, our entire birth chart and worldview becomes increasingly more dynamic.