Venus-Uranus Aspects : “Nobody Like Me”

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“You’re not like anyone else I’ve ever met.”

In some cases, we could easily dismiss these words as trite and inconsequential “game” designed to cater to one’s ego. However, when operating in an obvious manner, Venus-Uranus aspects in one’s birth chart remind us that one could utter this statement, and it would be absolutely TRUE.

Chances are, if you’re working with this aspect, you really don’t care whether statements like that are meant to flatter you or question your “weirdness”. The fact is, you need to own it and live it.  In an individual birth chart, Venus in contact with Uranus suggests the valuing of that which is unconventional, offbeat and avant-garde. Your radar is honed toward customizing your life and relationships in a matter that screams authenticity.

However, the flip side of the coin is that you shock and ruffle the feathers of conventional society. The rebel inside of you is constantly seeking new ways to live YOUR life. Not a re-run of your parents’ life, your friends or anyone else. The cookie cutter lifestyle isn’t a part of your agenda and you make no bones about letting everyone know that.

Almost every day, inside your spirit, there’s a revolution going on. For you: revolution means evolution and the only constant that we can count on is change. You silently laugh at others opinions about your relationships and personal style and appearance, and you scoff at those who live in these spaces by rote and couldn’t conjure up an independent thought to save their lives.

If you’re exercising the potential of this planetary aspect, you’ve most certainly crafted your unique version when it comes to attraction and love. Somewhere along the line, you’ve had to come to grips with the fact that your friends and associates may not ever understand that you might not need the ring, gated community and the ski racks on your car. Hell, you may not even need the car! You can best believe that anyone you’re relating to as an intimate partner understands this, too. Or, your relationship will end just as quickly as it started.

Living freely and spontaneously and resisting labels and boxes is one of your fortes. You know the secret that us mere mortals are trying to grasp: from breath to breath and moment to moment, we’re different. From one blink of an eye to the next, we’re never the same anymore. So, what you uttered in fervent conviction two hours ago may be something which meets the fury of your disdain at this very moment.

What we can learn from you is to embrace the willingness to approach our lives from a fresh perspectives, always examining what we can possibly breathe new life into and reinvent. We can also learn about the ramifications that impulsive behavior and rebellion for sport has on personal productivity.

If you have a Venus-Uranus aspect in your birth chart.  Your theme song is “Nobody Like Me” by Little Brother featuring O-Dash. You can listen right here:

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What Does a Personalized Astrological Consultation Consist Of?

Some of you may have questions as to the type of information which can be derived from an Astrological consultation. I’ve posted a sample chart to give a brief and general idea as to how information can be synthesized and transformed to meaning as to move toward providing a more comprehensive portrait of an individual:

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When we look at this chart, we immediately notice the primarily southeastern  hemispheric emphasis, which suggests this individuals orientation toward focus on the spiritual through self-awareness, as well as personal relationships and their connections with the world at large. The focus is on both personal and collective development. 

One of the questions this birth chart produces may be:

“How can I, as a result of my individual development,  and my connections with others,make a contribution to uplifting and inspiring humanity ?

This chart also indicates concerns related to disclosure and the receiving of love. There’s a risk/reward scenario suggested here. It’s suggested that this person’s friendships and group affiliations could benefit from self-revelation.

The Sagittarian archetype is highly pronounced in this chart, so this would mean that:

the type of fuel this person requires for optimal development (Sun), their self projection (Ascendant), how they need to think and communicate (Mercury) and relate (Venus) are all connected to what we know about the Archer:

Shooting bold, unrestricted and far reaching arrows of thought into the universe asking life’s big questions.

Exploring any avenue of intellectual inquiry which will provide a more panoramic,  comprehensive and universal understanding of the world. Relating to others in a style which emphasizes shared personal growth and the expansion of consciousness.

These mental explorations may indeed be of a nature that’s considered unconventional and avant-garde by society, as well as deeply psychological in nature.

This is counterbalanced by a strong Cancer Moon, placed in its own sign, suggesting that the needs of the personality can be fulfilled through warmth, closeness, intimacy and emotional security.

The tendency here points to someone who’s nourished by a relationship which carries no doubts about the fact that they’re loved and also, who needs to hear it and witness open displays of it, through behavior and actions. The Moon’s square to Pluto outlines the intensification of these needs.

Furthermore, with the Moon at the Aries point [00’48 degrees Cancer], the potential for this person’s involvement in the larger world is to make an emotional connection with the public and have their sensitivity and intuition express in obvious and visible ways.

As displayed by the 11th house emphasis, the individuals’ lovability is tied up in themes of a Sagittarian nature. With Neptune as the midpoint between Mercury and Venus,  there are high hopes and idealism that humanity’s  love will be displayed toward them in this manner.

A brief synthesis of this chart would be:

This person needs to develop themselves through intellectual, spiritual and physical travel. Exploring fuels their vitality and life force, and there’s a powerful need to be loved for being that type of person in a manner which contains no insecurities.

The point of integration which needs to be pursued is that of balancing the freedoms which come with exploration of personal aspirations with the emotional requirements of human relationships- whether intimate partnerships or with the public.

However, the ultimate realization is revealed in the fact that true and lasting security resides within the self and can’t be found in another individual or a relationship.

Upon this discovery, any form of partnership is now viewed as more of an enhancement and less of an ultimate requirement.

This is an example of the type of information that can be relayed during an Astrological consultation. Of course, information can be interpreted in a multitude of ways and this is just a brief sample, but it’s definitely designed to illicit a dialogue between the Astrologer and client.

By the way, the birth chart you’re looking at belongs to the author of this blog, Sagittarian Mind.

Hexagon Astrology Magazine Is On The Shelves of Barnes & Noble !

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So, I walked into Barnes & Noble bookstore yesterday and I was pleased to find Hexagon Astrology Magazine on the shelves.

I’m excited that Astrology is continuously getting more exposure to the world. I give props to Matt Savinar for providing a medium for many up and coming Astrologers to gain visibility and recognition for the work that they’re doing, as well as including  great articles from some of the larger, more recognizable names.

Secondly, I have an article in this magazine which I really enjoyed writing.

For those who don’t know, I’m a serious Hip Hop head right down to the core.

I’ve been greatly influenced by the entire culture as well as many of the artists and the things they’ve had to say over the years. When I first started practicing Astrology, I knew that it was essential that I incorporate hip hop in some way shape or form. I also view hip hop as a tremendously vibrant, creative and innovative art form which has the power to change the world and infuse fresh air into a modality such as Astrology.

I look at Astrology as an art, just like Hip hop. HOW you say it matters just as much as what you say. delivery and choice of words is key. 

Having had continuous exposure to the Hip-Hop community and Astrology, I’ve come in contact with some extremely interesting people. My hopes are that I will be one of the catalysts that influences Astrology to take a closer  look at Hip Hop and Hip Hop to take a closer look at Astrology.

I want to also give a serious shout out to the Astrologers who have also sparked the effort to reach out to the Hip Hop community and give them something they can relate to within their interpretations. Now, more than ever, I think it’s time that we have fresh analysis and synthesis and place it beside what’s continuously repeated over and over again.

Astrology needs cultural diversity in its views. So, while I appreciate all of the charts I’ve seen of almost every president who has been in office , or the Kings and Queen’s of every country, we also need to look at the birth charts of  Nas’, Lauryn Hill’s, Rah Digga’s,  and Kendrick Lamar’s the world – just to name a few.

The personalities within the Hip Hop community are just as multi-varied and complex as the standard astro fare that’s been served up for years that’s contained in almost any publication in circulation.

Someone once told me that “you have to be the Astrologer that you want to see”.

Today, I receive this sentiment with an open heart and I will continue to do just that.

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Hopefully, your local Barnes & Noble bookstore has Hexagon on it’s shelves.

The article I’ve written is entitled “The Night That Changed The World: The Birth of Hip Hop Culture”. The night refers to August 11th 1973 when Kool Herc threw the back to school jam Which incorporated the elements of what we now know as Hip Hop.

There are many discussions about when Hip Hop “came about”, but I found 8/11/1973 to be the most widely recognized date. I find it quite interesting to simultaneously look back and forward and see all Hip Hop has become with it’s strengths and foibles in tow.

If your local Barnes & Noble doesn’t have it in stock, and you’re interested in subscribing, you can go to : hexagoninfulleffect.com for more information.

I appreciate each and every one of you who read this blog and I’m hoping that my writing has, and continues to widen your scope of knowledge and perspective in some way. I’m very much a part of the Hip Hop generation and it’s reach as a social movement has spanned the globe. I hope to be a conduit of the words of wisdom it has to offer as well as an honest critic of its missteps.

Confronting Astrological Misconceptions

When it comes to a lot of Astrological writing, I see the tone as being very “cause oriented”.

By that, I mean that the word choices would lead us to believe that because someone happens to be born under a certain sign of the zodiac that they automatically behave in a certain fashion or that certain traits have mysteriously found their way into that person’s character via some type of magical planetary rays.

I write this not to criticize anyone, but to provoke thought about how our astrological makeup is sometimes presented in public forums. Whether we realize it or not, perpetuating the notion that being a certain sign or having a certain configuration in our birth charts “makes” us anything in particular can be a very inaccurate and damaging idea.

What is contained in our natal charts is pure potential that we can make a conscious choice to direct.  In our lives, we may find that we sometimes do so in a constructive manner. While at other times, we take the exact same energy and express it in a way that would be deemed dysfunctional.

It is true that certain behaviors may correlate with certain signs of the zodiac, but this is because those behaviors are in service of aspiring to fulfill the NEEDS and drives as represented by the sign.

To paraphrase Astrologer and Psychologist Glenn Perry, the metaphorical meaning of signs is lost when they’re equated with people because we then start to describe INDIVIDUALS  rather than BEHAVIOR.

If we’re truly going to get the most of Astrology as a tool for self-development, there are many conversations which need to take place in regard to everyday language which can be deterministic rather than growth oriented. Phrases which refer to people as fixed entities rather than choice-oriented human beings who have yet to unfold.

Our birth charts can provide a structure of our psyche, but its contents do not CAUSE us to act a certain way. This is empowering in that we have the capacity to choose our modes of action as well as our responses, and also the ability to synthesize elements within ourselves to produce a highly functioning and integrated self.

There will be more written on this topic. I plan on writing about the common misconceptions associated with every sign on the zodiac sign. I’m well aware that for some people’s brains, it’s easier to pigeonhole and hyper-classify instead of doing the work it takes to walk through the rich world of multidimensionality.

I promise you this: If you’re looking for that mentality, you won’t find it here.

What Are Astrological Archetypes?

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Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist and psychotherapist, who is credited with giving the term “Archetype”  broad exposure, has defined it as :

“a universal and recurring image, pattern, or motif representing a typical human experience.”

Although these images are”universal”, they’re transformed and re-worked. Thereby, given a unique expression based on cultural influence. Archetypes represent patterns of behavior and models of people, which can reach us through a myriad of ways. Symbols, dreams, myths, art and music are just the tip of the iceberg of how these images permeate our consciousness.

Astrologically, our birth charts are infused with the energy and imprint of these archetypes in their own unique pattern. The recognition of how these forces are organized within our psyche is one of the keys to how we can realize and fulfill our deepest potentials; how we can actualize our most authentic nature.

Our success in dealing with our planetary maps largely rests on our ability to bring unconscious content “to the light”, so we’re better able to integrate it into our lives on a productive level. Otherwise, we may feel as if we’re being governed by forces which are outside of our control – like a puppet having its strings pulled. To a large extent, the individual who operates solely from the unconscious, is perplexed by his/her motivations and behavior. The better we understand the raw archetypal material we’re dealing with in our own charts, the more intelligently we’re able to work WITH the energies at our disposal and enhance our lives.

So… the question here is : what archetypal energies are we dealing with in our birth charts?

The basic answer to this question is related to the planets, a.k.a the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

The signs give clues to HOW that particular energy is expressed, a.k.a. its style.

There are also aspects, which are the geometrical relationships between planets which indicate how the particular planetary archetypes will “get along.”

Here are some examples:

The Sun: What we’re growing into, the ” I AM, elements that comprise the ego. The conscious part of our self-hood. The life force, or “Ka” to the Egyptians and Qi (Chi)to the Chinese. The “operations center” of the psyche. The president. Our individual center of self-expression. Where we shine.

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Sun in Sagittarius– The individual’s life force is connected to a panoramic view of the world, seeking to make connections in order to formulate a comprehensive life philosophy.

Sun-Jupiter: A broad conception of one’s identity. Seeking to expand one’s sense of self; to grow, develop, learn. Seeking wide experience to find meaning in life. Self exploration through intellectual and physical travel.

The Moon: The archetypal feminine. The unconscious, instinctual part of ourselves. The archetypal mother. In Egypt, the “Ba”. Yemaya. Our roots or ancestral ground. What brings us a sense of comfort and fulfillment. Homeland security or the Department of the Interior.

Moon in Cancer: Fulfillment comes through a sense of belonging to a biological or ideological family. There’s a reigning need to relate closely and intimately, displaying a warm, caring nature. The exercising of emotional intelligence.

Moon-Pluto: Psychological insight. Emotional Depth. Healing power and the urge to eliminate harmful emotional patterns. Gut level intuition. Helping others to navigate extremely tumultuous emotional terrain. Emotional manipulation and blackmail. Dealing with the shadow or taboos. Finding wealth in what appears to be emotional refuse.

 

Mercury: The mind. Processing information. Analysis. The Communicative faculties. Classification. Making distinctions. Speaking. Writing. Forming concepts. The Trickster.  Elleggua. Hermes. The speaker of the house.

Mercury in Sagittarius: Thinking in broad concepts, “big picture” thinking. Visionary thinking. Communicating in an expansive way. Philosophical thinking. A mind oriented toward synthesis. Studying higher knowledge. A mind that categorizes information like a library.

Mercury-Neptune:  Visionary MindA facile mind that absorbs. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Blending intellect and intuition. Recognizing the rhythm or “dance” of life. Recognizing and understanding subtlety of thought and communication. Access to spiritual/ethereal worlds. Tuned into nonverbal communication. Telepathy. Creative visualization. An erotic mind. Sensitive refining of the intellectual capacities. Limitless perception. Deceptive words. Nebulous/cloudy thinking. Double Talk. Misleading/confusing communication.

Venus: The principle of relating. Social needs. What we value. Forms of enjoyment. What we love. The Principle of attraction. The Orisha Oshun. The Pleasure principle. Beauty. Aesthetics. Harmony. Cooperation. The department of the treasury.

Venus in Sagittarius: Relating through cultural diversity. Attracted to internationalism. A love of  spiritual/mental/physical travel. The synthesis of spiritual knowledge/systems.

Venus-Neptune: Boundless Love. Inspiring unconditional love in relationships. Love of music, poetry, and film. Attracted to the Bohemian set. Relationships which involve artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, etc… No limits in sensual experiences. Spiritual connections. Enjoyment/Attraction to spirituality. Idealization/delusion in relationships. Victim/Savior dynamic in relationships. Attraction to charlatans, drug addicts, or alcoholics.

Mars: Action. Assertion.  The Department of Defense. Application of will. Energy expenditure. Power base. Survival instinct. Warriorhood. Ogun.

Mars in Scorpio: Intense energy expenditure toward growth and transformation. Taking action toward plumbing the depths of life; getting to the bottom of things. Delving into the realms of the mysterious. Deep water warrior. Sexual energy as a vehicle for exploration of taboos. Applying energy in a private, yet concentrated manner.

 

Mars-Neptune: Putting spiritual ideals into action. Sexual magnetism. Focusing on dreams. Acute, focused intuition. Refined aggression. Spiritual motivation/inspiration. Working with the intangible forces of life. Martyr to a cause. The doormat. Passive Aggression.

Jupiter: Reward. Expansion.  The Department of Education. Success. Elevation. Upliftment. Buoyancy. Holism. Synthesis. Higher Knowledge. Wisdom. Puffery. Inflation. Magnification. Excess. Breadth of perspective. Arrogance. Hubris. Optimism. Obatala.

Jupiter in Capricorn: Reward through integrity, hard work and responsibility. Planning, organization and strategy is the most constructive route to success. Applying higher knowledge in a practical, useful manner.

Jupiter-Saturn: Spiritual discipline. Realistic ideals. Cautious optimism. Using higher knowledge and wisdom in a responsible manner. Expanded ambition. Elevated work ethic. Visionary leader. Measured confidence. Organized religion. Practical Spirituality.

Saturn:  The reality principle. Authority. Limits and controls. Consolidation. Work. Mastery. Responsibility Structure. Maturity. Organization. Strategy. Planning. Systems. Gravity. Time. Age. Eldership. Bare bones. Solitude. Bottom Line. Hard fought wisdom. Doubt. Orunmila. Kronos. The Grim Reaper.

Saturn in Gemini: The capacity to organize information. A responsible mind. Doubting intelligence. Difficulty verbalizing. Writer’s block. A wordsmith. Mastery of language. Economical with words. Limiting small talk. Practical ideas. Clear, steady and focused mind. Words have weight. Maturity in thought and speech. Serious discussion.

Saturn- Pluto: Intense focus. Passionate discipline. Power hungry. Limited power. Controlled discipline. Iron will. Tireless worker. Limited resources. Working for the “gold”. Committed to depth.Work as a transformative avenue.

Uranus:  the principle of Awakening. Individuation. Liberation. Rebellion. Revolution. Change. Flashes of genius. Autonomy. Inventiveness. Sudden shocks. Heightened awareness. Originality. Stretching boundaries.Questioning tradition and cultural boundaries. Shango. Prometheus.

Uranus in Libra: Infusing the outdated models of relationships with new life. Freedom and autonomy within relationships. Unconventional social and romantic needs. Open relationships. Enjoyment of all that’s unusual and avant garde. Original tastes.

Uranus-Neptune: Flashes of Spiritual genius. Original methods of meditation. Dissolving the status quo or cultural limitations. Refined revolution. Sudden intuition.

Neptune:  The principle of transcendence. Spirituality. Dreams. Myths. The ideal state.  Intuition. The refining process. Visualization. The picture making faculty. Fantasy. Smokescreens. Subterfuge. Film, Music, Third Eye Vision. Enchantment. ESP. Flowing. Merging. Returning to the divine source. Olokun. Mami Wata. Poseidon.

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Neptune in Sagittarius: The dissolving of religious dogma. Fluid spirituality. Synthesis in spiritual systems.  Religious confusion. Martyrdom in religion. Sacrificial spirituality. Spiritual empathy/compassion. Spiritual service.

Neptune-Pluto : Spiritual power. Spiritual transformation. Power in the esoteric. Powerful addictions. Spiritual healing. Inspirational healing. Spiritual fanaticism. “Black Magic.”  The sacred and the profane.

Pluto: Transformation. Evolution. The breakdown. Regeneration. Death Rebirth. Elimination. Catharsis. Upheaval. Compulsion. Jealousy. Manipulation. Deep Resources. Oya. Kali. The F.B.I. or Secret Service.

Pluto in Libra: Deep, fundamental change in models of relationships. Relationships as a source of power and transformation.

Re-packaging The South Node

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What you’re looking at above is a photo of my elementary school located in Terre Haute, Indiana.

This morning, after a brief meditation, I started thinking about my writing. Today, I came to the conclusion that I just needed to let my right brain flow freely and catapult whatever story came to me out into the atmosphere.

This past summer, as a result of returning to my uncle’s funeral in South Bend, Indiana, which is where I was born, I was able to return to Rio Grande for the first time in at nearly 25 years. It felt like a closure of sorts but also, I was reminded of the memories, lessons and socialization which came from my past, which in Astrology, is represented by the South Node. Incidentally,  during this trip, the Moon, Mercury and Jupiter were all located in Cancer, and my South Node is in Cancer.

Often in reading about the nodal axis, the perspectives which we receive can be somewhat distorted. After all, the nodes are an axis which requires a balancing. It doesn’t seem to be in the interest of equilibrium that we virtually disown one node in fervent pursuit of what the other represents.

When it comes to our birth charts in general, HOW we decide to use what’s present can make all of the difference in the world, and our South Nodes are no exception to this rule. In fact, the South node suggests where we’re EXTREMELY TALENTED because we’re so in tune with and familiar with what that energy represents.

One of the keys to navigating the nodal axis is to draw on these strengths from the past as a means for supporting our future as suggested by the North Node.

So, there’s strength in the South Node, but it must be consciously applied in new directions and endeavors. The question then becomes: How can I take what I’ve learned and re-structure its expression to continuously create fresh experience?

There’s a “comfort zone” present as suggested by our South Nodes, and if we continue to use our resources in the way they’ve always been used, we may find ourselves “stuck”. The way to release this is to understand that our gifts simply need to be re-packaged for what is arguably a more constructive and effective use.

What’s your Nodal Axis? What are your innate talents? How can your strengths from the past be integrated with new energy which seeks expression?

But My Horoscope Said…….

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I’d like to share a few of my thoughts with you all regarding the daily astrological  forecasts that you may read online, in magazines or the newspapers:

I urge everyone who may be reading this to keep in mind the following:

whatever progress and improvements we make usually come as a result of sustained dedication and are a culmination of the continuous efforts that we’ve put forth.

So, when you read: “you may be in for a promotion or advancement in the workplace today.”  Or, ” you may at last find the woman/man that you’ve been seeking.” let’s keep in mind what, if anything we’ve previously done in the direction of those endeavors.

If we’ve put absolutely no energy toward our work or relationships, I can almost promise you that your daily horoscope won’t pan out.

I’m in no way implying that one day can’t make a significant difference in our lives, but what I AM saying is one day PLUS many other days of focus and concentrated effort is much more likely to have a greater impact.

“But, my horoscope said there’s a promotion in my future…….”

If you’ve been late to work for 15 out of the last 30 days, the best advice that I could give you is to remain thankful that you’re still employed. Despite what your daily forecast says, the private management meetings probably aren’t about which plush office to move you into.

While the symbolism of the current astrological factors may be accurate, if our efforts needed to manifest the said results have been lackluster, we’ll most likely reap the compensatory result.

If we’re on a diet and attempting to lose weight, and we have grapefruit on Monday, but krispy kreme donuts for the other six days, the progress toward meeting our goal is sure to be minimal at best.

When reading any type of astrological literature, discernment is the key to a realistic perspective of life events and circumstances.

Planets and signs don’t MAKE us anything. If we put ourselves and our efforts first in the equation, it will be a much greater chance that we’ll be able to capitalize on our abilities, plus astrological tools, in a constructive and practical manner.

Understanding Your Mercury Sign : Libra-Sagittarius

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Mercury in Libra: This placement suggests potential for objectivity of thought. The desire and willingness to examine both sides of an issue. One of the most constructive routes toward fulfilling communication needs is the emphasis of harmony. Looking for “bridges” or points of mutual interest can assist those with this placement in tangible ways. In fact, your words can be used as a salve or social lubricant.

If there ever was a placement which conveyed  the message: “it’s not what you say, but how you say it.” This is it. However, this doesn’t mean that assertiveness in communication is never necessary. Even if you have to pick up a copy of “The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense” by Suzette Haden Elgin, know that confrontation is not something to be feared, only navigated.

Mercury in Scorpio: Mercury, when placed in Scorpio, immediately suggests an intensely penetrative, probing style of thinking and communicating. “Let no stone go unturned” could definitely be the motto for this planetary position.

Your search for truth can lead you to church, a forensics lab, or a seedy venue on a Friday night- it really doesn’t matter. In your mind, the sacred and profane are intertwined. When it comes to speaking, there’s the potential to wield influence over and persuade others, as a result of knowledge of their psychology. This is beneficial if it results in the constructive transformation of lives, but not so much if you’re attempting to brainwash people by having them drink your brand of kool-aid.

Mercury in Sagittarius:  The sky is the limit. Mercury in Sagittarius suggests free flying, panoramic thought. The need to develop and maintain a broad, comprehensive scope regarding relationships between different branches of knowledge is highly pronounced.

This placement highlights the inclination to synthesize ideas into a vast philosophical framework so they can be shared with the purpose of advancing the knowledge overall and converting it into understanding and wisdom.

Here’s the kicker: those with this placement need to remember that their new found understanding isn’t the only one that exists in the universe. A constructive use of Mercury in Sagittarius is using the openness of mind in service of tolerating the views of others. To accept that you have “two ears and one mouth”. Cultivating the ability to listen is paramount. We all have blind spots and none of us know it ALL. As a matter of fact, one of the hallmarks of wisdom is to recognize where we’re ignorant. Take note.