Zodiac Quotes For January 22, 2016

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Aries: “I postpone death by living, by suffering, by error, by risking, by giving, by losing.” – Anais Nin

Taurus: “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
-Marcus Anneus Seneca

Gemini: ” As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – James Lane Allen

Cancer: “Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.” – Henri Bergson

Leo: “If each of us were to confess his most secret desire, the one that inspires all his plans, all his actions, he would say: “I want to be praised.”
-E.M. Cioran

Virgo: “Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities and no more.” – Gail Hamilton

Libra: “When you cannot make up your mind between two evenly balanced courses of action, choose the bolder.” – W.J. Slim

Scorpio: “Adversity has ever been considered as the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being free from flatterers.”
– Samuel Johnson

Sagittarius: “Seek out that particular mental attitude which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, “this is the real me”, and when you have found that attitude, follow it.”
– William James

Capricorn: “Integrity simply means a willingness not to violate one’s identity.”
– Erich Fromm

Aquarius: “Our concern must be to live while we’re alive….to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.”
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Pisces:  “We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other people’s models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.” – Shakti Gawain

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Zodiac Quotes For January 21, 2016

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Aries:  “He that would be superior to external influences must first become superior to his own passions.”
-Samuel Johnson

Taurus:  “To be always intending to live a new life, but never find time to set about it-this is as if a man should put off eating and drinking from one day to another till he be starved and destroyed.”
-Sir Walter Scott

Gemini: “Our mission is to gain true discernment of the contraries, first as contraries, but then as poles of a unity.”
-Herman Hesse

Cancer: “The ultimate security is your understanding of reality.”
-H. Stanley Judd

Leo: “There is no stimulus like that which comes from the consciousness of knowing that others believe in us.”
-Orison Swett Marden

Virgo: “No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.”
-Woodrow Wilson

Libra: “Instead of suppressing conflicts, specific channels could be created to make this conflict explicit, and specific methods could be set up by which the conflict is resolved.”
-Albert Low

Scorpio: “He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.”
-John Milton

Sagittarius: “If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.”
-Orison Swett Marden

Capricorn: “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
-Booker T. Washington

Aquarius: “There is some place where your specialness can shine. Somewhere that difference can be expressed.It’s up to you to find it, and you can.”
-David Viscott

Pisces: “Surely there is a grandeur in knowing that in the realm of thought, at least, you are without a chain; that you have the right to explore all heights and depths; that there are no walls nor fences, nor prohibited places, nor sacred corners in all the vast expanse of thought…..”
-Robert G. Ingersoll

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

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……

Leo Sun, Libra Moon

 

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With the constant influx of messages from numerous sources, which emphasize our lack as human beings, maintaining our confidence can be a formidable challenge. Being repeatedly told we’re “too much” of this or “not enough” of that can certainly wreak havoc on our self-esteem, whose development is directly tied to the quality of relationships we’re able to forge with others. Effective navigation of these issues requires a combination of both boldness and finesse.

The Sun-Moon combination of Leo-Libra magnifies the themes of self-appreciation and harmonious social relations.

When an individual has the combination of a Leo Sun and a Libra Moon in a natal chart, it suggests that the person’s vitality is stimulated through the process of creative self-expression and they’re fueled by gaining notice and appreciation from others for being a unique individual. The solar light is reflected through a personality that needs to skillfully maintain well-balanced relationships and be thought of as kind, objective and humane.

The challenges that come with this Sun-Moon blend revolve around knowing when to place oneself in the center of a situation, confronting the elements which comprise the ego, versus choosing more of an accommodating stance in the name of peace and harmony.

Also, vacillation between concern for one’s own being and interest in others. The back and forth of “tell me about yourself” and “No… wait, let’s talk about ME”. While the solar force of Leo wants to shine and attract attention, the reigning emotional need is to accommodate others and relate from their point of view. 

When balanced, there’s a healthy self-concept that radiates pride and a robust confidence, but also the exhibiting of a common touch or social savvy which allows this individual to interact with others as equals.

The imbalance, as described by Astrologer Steven Arroyo, is a totally different story:

“Indeed, Libra Moon often balances (themselves) off whatever interpersonal input they receive, usually doing so gently. They take personal relationships seriously and pride themselves on fairness and being able to see the other person’s point of view. This tendency of putting themselves in the other’s situation, more marked in Libra than any other zodiac sign, can be carried so far as to see them lean over backward to please the other person- often ignoring their own interests. They have a need to be liked that motivates much of their person-to-person behavior, to the point that it can undermine their highly valued objectivity. The desire to avoid unpleasantness can lead to relatively superficial, placating responses that may not be completely sincere-occasionally verging on flattery. They easily lose themselves in the others energy field and become confused about where they end and the other begins. In other words, their spontaneous reactions are unconsciously modified by how the person they are interacting with is reacting !”

For those with this combination, it’s well worth considering examining the effect others’ emotional reactions have on you. A dysfunctional use of this energy can be to stop dead in your tracks and reverse field because you fear the slightest bit of disagreement or conflict coming on. What has to be remembered is conflict doesn’t have to be a negative word, in fact if you’re able to navigate it, there can be a deeper sense of appreciation for another human being as well as renewed respect for yourself because you didn’t sit on the fence or allow indecision to get the best of you.

Reference: Person-to-Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex & Compatibility by Stephen Arroyo

Aries Sun + Aquarius Moon: Featuring Rah Digga’s “Angela Davis”

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“Radical simply means grasping things at the root.” – Angela Davis

When thinking about this Sun-Moon blend, one of the first things that came to my mind was lyrics to Rah Digga’s track “Angela Davis”, which i feel embodies the spirit of this planetary combo:

” I’m Angela Davis, I ain’t shakin’ my buns…. I’m yellin’ power to the people and wavin’ them guns. I be pumpin’ that fist, I ain’t runnin’ from shit, it ain’t too many of you broads that got the stomach for this.”

At your core, your aspirations are centered around having a strong and immediate impact on the world. The urges which stem from your deepest emotions are those which prompt you to individuate and differentiate.

In order to be truly fulfilled, you have to grasp your uniqueness at the root. According to Angela Davis’ definition, this qualifies you as radical.

For you, the mainstream’s  notions of  “how you’re supposed to be” feel like trappings. In order to locate the ultimate in personal authenticity, certain societal and cultural norms must be shed completely, or at least brought into alignment with your progressively unfolding identity.

“Leader of the resistance, and it’s only for the thick-skinned…”

You aren’t for everyone, and choose to involve yourself in a world which welcomes shocks and shakeups for the greater good. However, it’s important to be able to distinguish between using your gut instincts to fearlessly guide you and taking foolhardy risks which have no end game in mind.

Focus and direction of the revolutionary within is a key concept which you need to master in order to unearth your full potential.

Working in an underdeveloped state, you leap before you look and may find yourself exhibiting knee-jerk responses and doing regular damage control to situations you’ve created due to both your impatience and an insatiable need to view any and all action as progress.

While you may be, as Rah Digga states: “In your all black floatin’ through the matrix”, it’s important to understand that there are times to assert yourself, and also situations where a retreat doesn’t mean you’ve lost, rather it simply illustrates a period of rest where you marshal and concentrate your forces in order to fight another day.

Take a listen:

Moon-Pluto Aspects In The Birth Chart : Featuring Mobb Deep & Lil’ Kim’s “Quiet Storm”

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Next time you look outside and see overcast skies and sense a thunderstorm on the horizon, do yourself a favor. Sit quietly and really listen to the rumble of the thunder which calmly precedes the outburst.

The sound may persist at a low, continuous, pace for a while. Building intensity and momentum. Once the eruption is full on- everybody knows. It’s impossible to hide.

If you’re a hip-hop head, I’m describing the “Quiet Storm” remix by Mobb  Deep featuring Lil’ Kim. Think about how you feel during the musical build up before Prodigy spits that first verse.

When the Moon and Pluto come together in a birth chart, the Moon’s symbolism for emotional security needs is partnering with the intensely transformative energies of Pluto.

Those with Moon-Pluto aspects tend to keep a tight lid on their inner world. Very private and self-protective, they don’t like others to witness their vulnerabilities, as they fear too much exposure could possibly result in  a loss of personal power.

A Moon-Pluto person’s psyche can be compared to a hotel peephole. They can look out and see what’s going on, but when you try to squint and look in: nada. Prying eyes are a definite no-no.

Moon-Pluto people know that when the full force of their emotions are unleashed we might be ready for a Wyclef/Mary J moment (someone, please call 911!! ) Yet, another reason for the stellar self-control.

If you have this aspect in your chart, there is an incredible potential to use your penetrative psychological skill to arrive at the “heart” of yourself as well as others. This aspect asks that we integrate the light and the darkness by honoring all of our facets, no matter how difficult the process may be.

For those with these natal contacts,  it’s important to treat the shortcomings and vulnerabilities of others with extra care. Your piercing insight can build another up to the mountain top or send them wallowing into the gutter.

A deep hunger for intense emotional experiences is indicative of these two planets. Skating on the superficial gloss of life does absolutely nothing towards providing the “food” which you require for your well-being. In fact, behaving in this fashion will bore you to tears.

As a Moon-Pluto person, you must live deeply. You must also realize that such penetration probably won’t have you standing in front of a white picket fence with a Colgate smile wheeling and dealing Corning Ware at a yard sale.

The potency you seek is more likely to come in the package of listening to your best friend’s stories of spousal abuse and infidelity, working as a counselor on a crisis hotline, or being the Psychotherapist who keeps a poker face in the midst of your clients dark sexual secrets.

If you’re from the “don’t worry, be happy” school of thought, you may indeed struggle in this domain. However if you’re willing to grasp the full gravity of this aspect, you will discover that:

You have the capacity to transform your life by using emotional catharsis as an ally, to heal yourself and others.

Yes, Moon-Pluto: even amongst the darkness, there’s light to be discovered.

Check out Mobb Deep featuring Lil Kim: “Quiet Storm”

12 Signs, Many Questions

When it comes to the zodiac, “I am a ______________, therefore I am __________, ____________, and ___________”  is an incomplete line of thinking. What we must realize is this : being born under a certain sign doesn’t “make” you anything in particular. From this astrologer’s viewpoint, the signs suggest a set of instructions or questions from the universe. Our job is to decode and follow the instructions  while answering the questions in hopes that it will lead us to MORE questions.

Our Sun signs are something we grow into. They are a challenge and a demand. We’re never static. So, in essence, we’re a human “becoming” rather than a human being. Our signs reflect the potential in this process.

I’ve put together some questions for every sign of the zodiac in hopes that they may serve as food for thought on how we may develop ourselves and eventually manifest more and more of the potential.

Aries: What can I do to find my courage? What’s my idea of adventure? In what manner do I need to take risks? What summons the warrior within?

Taurus: What’s my personal definition of security? What benefits will change have in my life?  In what ways can I enjoy my body? How can I maximize material resources and feel like I’m not being ultra possessive?

Gemini: In what areas of life can I infuse a youthful and inquisitive spirit? How can I effectively deal with duality? Where in life do I need to be most flexible and adaptable?

Cancer: How can I let my intuition work for me? How can I tap into my deep reservoir of emotional sensitivity? What’s the most constructive method of letting go what no longer serves me? What are some methods of self care I can employ to have a healthy relationship with myself?

Leo: What activities bring me a deep sense of joy? What feels like “play” to me? How can I creatively express my unique self? How do I gain a sense of unshakable self-confidence? What are my internal standards for self validation?

Virgo: How can I be useful in this world? What’s the best way to develop skills of analysis and discrimination?  How can I nurture my potential healing abilities?

Libra: How do I find a sense of equilibrium and harmony in my life? What part does social acceptance play in my behavior? What are some constructive ways to maintain my individuality within the framework of an intimate relationship?

Scorpio: What stirs my passions? What resonates with the deepest part of my being? How do I integrate my shadow and use it to constructive ends? What does sex mean to me, and how is it woven into my psyche? Where are my vulnerabilities? What’s the best way to honor my sense of privacy?

Sagittarius: What gives my life meaning? What’s my purpose in this world? How can I understand life holistically and construct a personal philosophy? How can I take theory and put it into practice?

Capricorn: What’s the best route to making things happen? What’s the most effective strategy I can employ for achieving my goals? How can I serve as a model for integrity?

Aquarius: What makes me a unique person? How can I harness my individual talents and use them for the advancement of humanity? In what ways do I wish to challenge the traditional standards of social convention?

Pisces: How can I turn my dreams into concrete reality? What’s the best way to be effective while working in the intangible world? What’s the best route to embracing self-honesty and eliminating self-deception?  How can I connect with the spiritual source? What inspires my creativity? In what way can my capacity for empathy be used to serve others?