The Astrological Houses: The 5th House : Dead Prez’ “Happiness”

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In Astrology, 5th house themes include: Happiness and pleasurable activities. “Play” as expression of one’s creativity. Sex for enjoyment, procreation and “performance”. “Children” as both biological offspring and creative projects. The realm of entertainment. The unique expression of our gifts that only WE can give to the world. Love affairs, partying, romance and luxury.

The 5th house symbolizes the field of experience where we realize what we came here to give. It’s like our “love offering” to the world. We experiment for the express purpose of radiating joy and shining with distinction.

Take a listen to the hip hop duo Dead Prez’ “Happiness” to understand more of what the 5th house realm is about.

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The Gemini Mixtape: Twin Hype

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Your versatility knows no bounds and you possess and insatiable curiosity which reins eternal. No matter your biological age, its as if the fountain of youth has sprinkled it’s sacred waters in your midst. Yes, Gemini, we’re talking about you.

Of course, you probably knew all of that since you seem to be two steps ahead when it comes to news. Your mission…… is to distribute the information to us mere mortals who might be a tad bit slower on the uptake.

Simultaneously, you also must find the meaning in all of these fragments in order to weave a cohesive philosophy to live by. Just like your ruling planet, Mercury, you are quick.Able to comprehend and classify in the blink of an eye.

The Gemini path consists of one which focuses on the retention of the childlike sense of wonder. Not child-ish, but child-like. Being able to teach and show others how the most mundane item or function can be viewed from many different angles. A fresh set of eyes is the gift you have been given. I encourage you to open those eyes as widely as possible. Not only to the world, but also yourself.  To quote Black Thought of the Roots: “what does it all mean, what’s it all for, with knowledge of yourself then your through the first door.”

I present to you a musical selection that embodies your energy, Gemini.

Enjoy your season.

Side A – Mercury Side
(1) Double Trouble- The Roots feat. Mos Def
(2) Think Twice- INI feat. Pete Rock
(3) Youthful Expression- A Tribe Called Quest
(4) Verbal Clap- De La Soul
(5) Twice Inna Lifetime- Black Star
(6) Da Two- Pete Rock feat. CL Smooth
(7) Super Lyrical- Big Pun feat. Black Thought
(8) What More Can I Say- Jay-Z
(9) The Message- Nas
(10) Speakin- El Da Sensei
(11) Think About It- Special Ed
(12) Words I Manifest- Gangstarr
(13) Thoughts of You- Polyrhythym Addicts
(14) Every Word- Sade

Side B- 3rd House Side
(1) One Time 4 Your Mind- Nas
(2) Q&A- Oddisee feat. Ken Starr
(3) The Interview- Sadat X
(4) Extra, Extra- Jay Electronica
(5) Whatever You Say- Little Brother
(6) Verbal Intercourse- Raekwon feat. Nas & Ghostface
(7) My Writes – De La Soul feat. Tash, J-Ro & Xzibit
(8) Say Something- Black Milk feat. Nametag & Slim S.D.R.
(9) So What Cha Sayin’ – EPMD
(10) Pad & Pen – A Tribe Called Quest
(11) Get On The Mic- Pete Rock & CL Smooth
(12) The ? Remains- Gangstarr
(13) Word… Life – O.C.
(14) Talk to Me- Jill Scott

Notable Gemini Emcee’s & Producers: Big L, Heavy D, The Notorious B.I.G., Jadakiss, Lauryn Hill, Tupac, Chubb Rock, MC Eiht, Tek of Smif-N-Wessun, Pete Rock, Ice Cube, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Lady of Rage, B-Real, Cee-Lo, D.M.C.

The Astrological Houses: The 9th House: BDP’s “My Philosophy”

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9th house concepts include :Understanding. Philosophical + holistic development. Gaining a wider perspective. Broadening worldview through exploration of universal systems of knowledge. The larger world outside of one’s immediate experience. Cultural education. Religious and Spiritual teachings. Intellectual and physical travel.

The Astrological Houses: The 4th House: Gang Starr’s “The Place Where We Dwell”

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In Astrology, 4th house themes include: The physical, psychological and emotional “home” or foundation. Roots, national or cultural origin and ancestral lineage. The “Family” experience as biological and ideological. The physical and “universal” parents. Property. Land. Private life.

Astrology & Hip Hop Speak….

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True to my Sagittarian mind, I’m on an infinite quest to “connect” the dots. To take various bits of information and synthesize, thereby creating a whole.

In fact, these pieces may even seem to be unrelated at the time. For most of my adult life, music and astrology have consistently spoken to me. Both are universal languages, and I am of the opinion that if we know how and where to look, we can discover the themes of these two beautiful symbolic tongues manifesting in almost everything around us.

Since I’m a hip hop head, I’ve put together a collection of lyrics for the 12 signs of the zodiac to help you better understand their underlying themes and thought processes.  I hope you enjoy.

Note: I have chosen lyrics based on the theme of the zodiac sign and not the particular sign of the quoted emcee.

Aries

“When I attack, there ain’t an army who can strike back.”

– Nas  “Halftime”

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Taurus

“I don’t wanna Ill, I just wanna chill and keep my hand around a hundred dollar bill.” – Large Professor “Ijuswannachill”

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Gemini

“And understand I got the gift of speech, and it’s a blessin’, so listen to the lesson I preach.” – Special Ed “I Got it Made”

“Phraseologist, natural philosopher, wordsmith- authentical, metaphorical lyricist. Sharp descriptive writer, kill a biter.” 
– Keith Murray “Special Delivery” (Remix)

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Cancer

“My ancestors when I’m writin’ I see ’em and talk with ’em, hopin’ in the promised land I can walk with ’em. 

– Common “1-9-9-9”

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” I traveled the world and been a lot of places, believe me dawg ain’t nothin’ like home.” – Mobb Deep “Home”

Leo

“It’s quite amazing how you rhyme like you do, ’cause I shine like I grew up in a shrine in Peru.” – Jay Electronica “Exhibit C”

“Live and direct wavin’ the mic like a scepter. Supreme exalted universal leader, descendants of the kings and queens, the overseer.” 
– Gangstarr “Royalty”

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Virgo

“Born to write analytical conceptions…..with precision……and leave lyrical incisions.”  – Diamond D “The Score”

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” Cross your t’s and dot your i’s whenever I arrive.”

-KRS ONE “MC’s act like they don’t know.”

Libra

“You’re beautiful… the way you wear that share that, had many ladies, but nothin’ can compare to that smile, that style that drives men wild. 
-” C.L. Smooth “Love Thing”

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Scorpio

“To flatter me, your strategy gotta be more complex than chess.” – Showbiz & A.G. “Next Level”

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“Lets take a slide through the ill side of town with this b-boy, watch out for jakes, snakes and decoys- the streets keep you p-noid.” 
– M.O.P. “Stick To Ya Guns”

“When you’re 4 years in the game, we can have a conversation. 8 years in the game, I’ll invite you on vacation. 10 years in the game after I’ve enjoyed my fame, only then I’ll let you pick my brain.” 
– Nas “Let There Be Light”

“I learned to clutch grief, but there’s no forgettin’ death. So I’m gettin’ wet like I’m standin’ in the pourin’ rain, this is life – this is more than pain. This is more to me, gotta deal with it, even if it tortures me, I gotta still spit it.
– L.E.G.A.C.Y.  “Pain’

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“Utilize your spiritual faculty accurately…..use your memory to help you see clearly…. and then get back to me.”  – Talib Kweli “Memories”

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” A lot of people often ask: Puba how you givin’ back? The way I give back is through the knowledge of my raps.” – Grand Puba “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head”

Capricorn

“I don’t know much about the new world order……I know I got a new daughter. Direction and protection I must provide for her.”  
– Common “Maybe One Day”

” I’m a true master- you can check my credentials, cause I choose to use my infinite potential.”  -Jeru The Damaja “Come Clean”

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“I’m kinda young, but my tongue speaks maturity. I’m not a child I don’t need nothin’ for security.” – Special Ed “I Got it Made”

Aquarius

“I’m the most scientifically inclined mind since Einstein. I write blue ribbon rhymes for nobel prize time.” -Canibus “Tony Touch’s 50 MC’s”

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“The fruits of my talents is this, its simple: I drop science on the instrumental.”
-Pete Rock “#1 Soul Brother”

Pisces

“They say signs of the end is near, I wonder can I walk a righteous path holdin’ a beer.” – Common “Resurrection” (Remix)

“Mystical, magical, metaphysical topics- and no one can stop this.”
-Smooth B. “Harmonize”

Astrology: One Size DOESN’T Fit All

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“A shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” -Carl Jung [from “Modern Man in Search of a Soul”]

As Astrological students, teachers and or practitioners, each of us approaches the interpretive art with different goals in mind. We all have different reasons why Astrology resonates with us. For myself, one of the missions which I hold near and dear to my heart is to bolster the overall perception and credibility of Astrology via my intellectual contributions and emotional energy.

A point which I don’t think can ever be discussed thoroughly enough when it comes to Astrology is:

One size DOESN’T fit all.

While general Sun sign horoscopes certainly have their niche, it would also benefit us to focus on the fact that we’re complex human beings. We’re not robots or mechanistic entities which can be infused with rigidly constructed data. Through our varied backgrounds, experiences and environmental influences we become complicated and multi-layered.

All of us have a unique birth chart which is a snapshot, yet ever developing portrait of the planetary positions at the moment of our birth. It’s our own blueprint, which can be interpreted as instructions for the most effective way to become what we’re meant to.

My desire is to promote an Astrology where we transition from the signs as static, and often reductive behavioral boxes to which we’re “fated” to adhere- to the fulfillment of needs, life processes and developmental paths.

When this type of meaning permeates through Astrological symbolism, we can begin to see ourselves holistically; as an entire human being. One that is less subject to the mere reaction to external stimuli and events and more prepared to work with and actualize our true selves which are needed for the times.

We’re never finished products, and I advocate the type of Astrology which reflects this sentiment. The celestial language which allows room for our constant unfolding and living at different levels of developmental experience.

To be a Virgo, Scorpio or Sagittarius isn’t a fixed proposition. It’s an ongoing process. Chances are, we’ll live a myriad of levels of these life paths, which are consistent with our present level of maturity and awareness. By approaching Astrology from this perspective, as the wonderfully intricate navigational tool that it can be, we’re much more likely to discover , through time, patience and experience, our authentic recipe for living.