The Zodiac Signs: 12 Developmental Paths

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For most of us, the art of Astrology has been simplified into a few “keywords” which describe personality or behavioral characteristics for each sign.

We’ve dug into Cosmo’s “Bedside Astrologer” or read Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs” and discovered valuable information in regard to how our signs operate in many different facets of life. So, we’ve learned how sexy Scorpio’s are, but never to cross them. Or, that your Cancer woman will have the house in order and dinner on the table at 6 pm. Even to never trust a Sagittarian with a secret, or to exercise extreme caution against allowing a Leo to borrow your mirror.

While all of these anecdotes have their place, it can become very deductive and limiting to human beings whose main focus consists of self-actualization and evolution. Our Sun signs are not only descriptive in the way that they offer insight into character, but they also represent twelve different paths of evolution and development.

Ladies and gentleman: your birthchart is not a mistake. Yes, we want to trade in our 12th house planets or our Moon in Capricorn, but these placements were bestowed upon us for a reason. Our charts are like a celestial toolbox. Given the situation, we need to be able to pull out the correct instrument. Life would be pretty tough if we looked in our containers and all we had was a set of twelve Ginsu knives when all we need is a hammer for that pesky nail. Our Sun represent the “skin” that we are growing into in this lifetime. The sign that we were given represents the most effective method, style or path of growth and development.

If your Sun is in Aries, you’re walking the path of the warrior. Initiating and acting courageously. Sometimes you have to embark on your journey alone. However, you’re flexing muscles that you never even knew you had. It’s not that warriors never become afraid; they just don’t allow this temporary fear from paralyzing their ability to take effective, decisive action. As an Aries Sun, you are straying from your path when you become too impulsive, acting in a “knee jerk” manner without thinking. Or, you fail to realize that the most intense competition will always be internal.

With the Sun in Taurus, you’re on the path of the builder. Stable and grounded. Using your common sense. Developing persistence to solidify and maintain a structure which “works”. Knowing that slow and steady wins the race and accuracy can never be sacrificed for speed. You have strayed from the builder’s path when you become too rigid. Using familiarity as a crutch
instead of a foundation. Making assessments of value based on how much “discomfort” or change will be involved.

If your Sun is in Gemini, you’re walking the path of the informer. The skin that you must grow into is that of a distributor of valuable information to humanity. You must “get the word” out and use a wide variety of communication methods. Network, make connections and become a “jack
of all trades”. Versatility is your middle name. The title of “eternal student” is your birthright. Your curiosity serves as a guide to keep you open to fresh ideas and perspectives. You have strayed from this path when substance regresses to gossip, trivia and idle chatter. Or, when your connections, become lost in ultra breezy superficiality. When you become compulsively addicted to skating on the surface of life because it’s so “fun”, it may be time for a self-check.

With the Sun in Cancer,  you’re on the path of the protector. Instinctively knowing what to do to make those around you most comfortable. Calming, soothing and nurturing. Letting those that you love and care about deeply know that you have their back. Creating a “safe space” for them to return to whenever they require such care. Embracing your family, whether biological or ideological and supporting your race, country and tribe. You’ve strayed from the path when the “itis” of nostalgia overrides the ability to be objective. When you become obsessed with the past and cranky because you’ve forgotten to create the same secure haven for yourself as you
have for others.

If your Sun is in Leo, you’re walking the path of the performer. Lights, camera and action. It’s time for you to shine. There is a deeply ingrained “star quality” bursting at the seams to be released. The skin that life is calling for you to grow into consists of maximizing your powers of self expression and allowing the world to stand up and take notice of who you truly are. Choosing to enjoy life in a playful and childlike manner. Exercising your sense of wonderment while maintaining a fundamental internal dignity. You stray from the path when you can no longer distinguish your true self from the “roles” that you’re playing. When you become compulsively addicted to praise and approval and your need for external stimuli has reached an all time high and you have to google “introspection.”

With the Sun in Virgo, you’re on the path of the perfectionist. You excel at being able to view the whole and dissect the parts. Amazingly adept at separating the genuine from a” fugazi”, you’re being called to step into any situation and use your powers of observation and analysis and improve the status. You stray from your path when others become “fix it” projects. Or, when you become self critical because you’re so obsessed with what you’re not, or what you “should be” instead of using your energy to actually become that.

If your Sun is in Libra, you’re walking the path of the moderator. You’re a natural at building bridges and alliances. Always appearing in your best light. The ultimate diplomat and “representative.” Charm and grace will never be strangers to your door. You possess extraordinary and refined aesthetic taste.Your’re being called to serve as a artistic authority in whatever area of life that you choose. You stray from your path when you become a chronic ‘fence sitter” when it’s time to choose sides. Or, when an unpleasant truth is necessary and you become too much of a “TACT-ician” instead of offering valuable assistance.

With the Sun in Scorpio, you’re on the path of the healer. Innately equipped for heavy, intense emotional experience. You eat realities for breakfast that would make the hardest thugs crawl up in a corner with a baby bottle. You’ve been through the trials of fire and have emerged reborn and ready to school these mere mortals on “transformation 101”. Life is calling you to fly at your highest heights because you’re well versed in the lowest depths.You stray from your path when you use your piercing insight to sting, manipulate or indulge in power games or emotional blackmail. When you use knowledge to “devour” rather than feed others.

If your Sun is in Sagittarius, you’re walking the path of the wise teacher. You are the embodiment of a true “Renaissance Man” or Woman. Your eclectic telescopic worldview is something to behold. Well-traveled and thirsty for all of the knowledge and experience that life has to offer, you turn expansion into an art form. Your guru-like ability to see the wholeness of life and the big picture deserves a round of applause that would make your Leo cousins blush. However,  you stray from your path when you think you have the copyright on truth. Yeah, you just know it all, don’t you? Well, let’s talk with your friends who paid for your bail. Or, your cousin who wired that money to Vegas so you could get back home to be at work on Monday morning. Dogmatism should not be your forte. Yes, Sadge you can get off your soapbox now.

With the Sun in Capricorn, you’re on the path of the achiever. You have a natural gift for organization which allows you maximum productivity. Because of your capacity for discipline and restraint, getting work done has never been an issue. In fact, you assume a natural executive like authority that makes it extremely easy to respect you. You are being called to embody timeless principles which are revealed in your outward status and success. The skin
you’re supposed to grow into is that of one who produces a tangible product that is worthy of his or her ambitions. You’re deviating from your path when you allow yourself to become cold, controlling and unfeeling in order to become “somebody” in the eyes of society. So, you’ve climbed that mountain and reached the pinnacle. Sadly, you’re all alone. Where did all the “slackers” go?

If your Sun is in Aquarius, you’re walking the path of the revolutionary. You’re being called to shake humanity out of their comfort zones. It’s you who needs to pose the questions regarding if people think and act the way they do because of societal dictates. Testing others and reminding them that walking familial, racial, political and social “party” lines can be poisonous to their mental health and registers at “rock bottom” on their freedom meter. Your skin is that of the catalyst and reformer. Forming perspectives to liberate those stuck in a proverbial rut. You’ve strayed from the path when true change becomes a novelty and you advocate being different just for the hell of it. When you’ve become a slave to rebellion and can’t recognize that your bondage is just as problematic as the person who’s constrained by the chains of convention.

With the Sun in Pisces, you’re on the path of the mystic. There is an ethereal quality that colors your aura so richly that when people ask you where your from, they’re not expecting to receive your answer in the form of a city, state or country. You have access to realms of the mind and spirit that most of us can only read or speculate about. Highly intuitive, you’re being called to be “above the clouds”. Your skin is comprised of exercising your gifts in selfless service to humanity and checking your ego at the door. Through your super powers of imagination and visualization, you can create in solid form. Dreams and symbols are as comfortable to you as that old faithful pair of slippers. You stray from your path when the world you create is mired in deception, haziness and smokescreens. When you choose to be the victim rather than the victor and use your fingers exclusively as pointing instruments in order to relinquish ownership for negative situations which are clearly of your own making.

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Pisces Sun, Aries Moon

One of your keys to connecting with the greater sphere of humanity is to confidently and courageously know your own value and accept yourself in all of your intrinsic worth. After all, this is what fills your heart.

Your life lessons stem from being able to discriminate between working in your self-interest from thoughtless and insensitive behavior toward others. When you fearlessly love yourself and provide the self-care you deserve you have the potential to blossom into someone who understands the unifying principles which permeate through human life. Therefore, you can operate from a place of internal power and respect for self as well as your fellow woman or man.

We live in a society where “might makes right”, but you’ll learn that your application of will requires a touch of finesse to become truly effective. In fact, a potent STRENGTH lies in your SENSITIVITY toward other people.

The willingness to embrace the adventure of trusting your gut and following your inner guidance can serve as the ultimate tool in your self-realization. Visionary warriorhood lies within your grasp.

Developmental Lessons For Virgo

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“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non essentials.”

-Lin Yutang

It’s amazing how much “stuff” is out there.

Just by logging on to any computer, or checking our e-mail we can open up the floodgates and it can be quite overwhelming. Not to mention a headache. Most of us want information that we can use. Unfortunately, a lot of what we encounter is not of the practical variety.

One of Virgo’s most important life tasks is becoming adept at the art of discrimination. Mastering the ability to analyze information, or enter into any situation and become an efficiency expert. Separating what’s truly important and useful from that which is fluff.  Identifying “the real McCoy” and minimizing  exposure to the world of trivia. Virgo’s have a tremendous capacity to improve whatever they come into contact with. By employing their powers of razor sharp critical thinking, they can show us all how to be better in all of our pursuits.

When sculptors produce their statues, they must first chip away at all of the marble that’s not needed. In time, they may create a masterpiece.

Virgo: Chip away at the trivial, unnecessary and non-essential. Thepersonal sculpture you create will serve as your contribution to life.

Virgo Sun, Aquarius Moon

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*Excerpt from the upcoming “Book of Virgo”

The outside of you screams “Six Sigma”, while inwardly, you may be plotting a coup d’e’tat.

Six sigma is a set of techniques used for process improvement.

Six Sigma seeks to improve the quality of process outputs by identifying and removing the causes of defects (errors) and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes.”

With the Sun’s placement in Virgo, it’s likely that your life approach is fueled by efficiency, “cutting the fat”, and getting things right and exact. Being a useful person provides a continuous source of energy. However, with the Aquarius Moon in the picture, the work of improvement is done through unconventional, and possibly even radical means. By shaking people up at their cores in service of “change for the betterment of humanity.”

You’re a purist with the heart of a rebel. Your challenge is to employ analysis and discrimination to ventures which also call for an element of risk.  You may find this particularly daunting because most things which produce massive changes don’t usually unfold like origami.

 

Scorpio Sun, Virgo Moon

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In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Scorpio and the Moon in Virgo the core life energy which stimulates the individual is comprised of depth, intensity, extremes and the control of information. 

This placement suggests a penetrative orientation. One who desires to investigate material that’s been buried, repressed and kept “secret”. Scorpio shuns living on the surface. They would rather get to the root of life even if what they unearth may be repulsive or hideous.

Scorpio finds value in the sacred AND the profane. This allows them to be very effective in the process of healing themselves and others.

The Virgo Moon uses the light of the Scorpio sun to create a personality form that needs to be right, exact, correct and useful. The Moon in Virgo suggests an emotional need to perfect a part of oneself and offer it to humanity as a gift in the form of serviceVirgo Moons are nourished by precise analysis, picking things apart in order to see how they may function more optimally when reassembled.

The ultimate compliment you could pay to an individual with a Virgo Moon is:  ”this situation has improved so much ever since YOU entered the picture. Your skills of analysis are impeccable.”

However, what would benefit lunar Virgos is to make sure this process of “picking apart” doesn’t run rampant and morph into hyper criticism of others and unfounded anal retentiveness. For this type of behavior can sometimes be a reflection of inner disappointment from not being perfect:

”They [Virgo Moons] likewise feel more secure by making definite improvements in their environment, in their scientific, artistic or intellectual pursuits, or-what is NOT always appreciated-in other people. In fact, as woman wrote in a questionnaire, “sometimes they can be busybodies, putting others’ lives in order with advice-usually not so tactful. They’re so busy organizing friends’ lives that they forget about their own back yards.”

“Being helpful makes them feel better about themselves and aids them in overcoming their habitual self-doubt and sense of personal imperfection. In fact “perfectionism” is a key word for Virgo, and their unavoidable awareness of their own imperfections leads very often to an excessive self-consciousness, sometimes of a type so severe as to render them unable to use their true gifts with any confidence.”

The optimum version of this blend is an individual who is effective in eliciting emotional reactions from others, yet is also strikingly useful once the proper situation presents itself. It’s the type of person that might take you aback at first meeting, maybe even with a twist of psychic nakedness.

If you don’t stop at the surface, however, they will show you how to re-assemble your mental and emotional wardrobe in a restorative way. It’s the doctor that gives you that medicine which may not taste so good, but in the end, it cures what ails you.

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

Sun-Uranus Aspects

To thine own self, be true.

Most of us have heard and read this phrase countless numbers of times. However, how many of us have stopped to actually ponder it’s meaning and deeper significance? If you have a Sun-Uranus aspect in your birth chart, part of your life’s mission is to explore this theme upside down and inside out.

Sun-Uranus aspects suggest a tremendous drive to put your unique stamp or fingerprint on everything you do. Whether it’s your signature way of brushing your teeth, the slang that you originate or a scientific breakthrough. Authenticity is of utmost importance to people with Sun-Uranus aspects. 

In fact: A portion of your path is to develop your individuality via the uprooting of conditioned behaviors, values and customs which do not serve your distinct style of evolution.

Sun- Uranus people must participate in a revolutionary act of courage which will spur their development. They must responsibly and intelligently relinquish the person they were taught to be by family, friends, and culture, and put their efforts toward becoming the person they were meant to be, complete with a genuine life philosophy which encourages their individual empowerment, devoid of societal trappings.

If the two selves are largely in alignment with one another, the act may be less shocking. However, highly functioning people with this aspect need what they’ve been taught by others to pass their litmus test before they accept and incorporate it into their lives. When Sun-Uranus aspects operate in a dysfunctional manner, nonsensical rebellion grabs center stage.

The mental faculties are no longer guided toward realization of your unique life story, but rather the desire to overcompensate and prove to everyone how widely your non-conformist capacities span. You become the type of person who refuses to admit a movie was entertaining because everyone else liked it. Or the eccentric aficionado of super, duper obscure underground hip-hop.  Becoming authentic contains its rewards as well as its responsibilities.As a Sun-Uranus person, you must use your exceptional ingenuity to create a life which honors both.      

 

 

Libra Sun, Taurus Moon

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For many of us, moments of true equilibrium don’t necessarily occur as often as we would like. In fact, we may even find them to be a bit elusive. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that there’s often a common human tendency to either be looking BACK, embroiled in the gut-wrenching regret or heartfelt nostalgia of PAST events, or gazing far into the FUTURE with wide-eyed idealism or trepidation and uncertainty.

Your Sun-Moon blend highlights the possibility of a silver lining for you: the potential to look straight ahead and be firmly planted in the NOW, with the capacity to extract beauty from, and experience serenity in the most basic aspects of life.

Within you, there’s a suggestion of a grounded and unruffled foundation which combines with a social intelligence and refinement. There’s a knack for executing sheer appreciation for the moment, and also the confidence that, when that moment has elapsed, there’s one right behind it which can be appreciated just as fully.

You gain a deep satisfaction from an inner certainty that your life is being built with the intent of acquiring and increasing the scope of your spiritual and material resources. However, what was once a fertile wellspring of contentment can turn into a rigid and obstinate struggle for security if you become too attached to possessing, or possibly “trapping” what you enjoy.

Your personal relationships are an area of life where you must employ flexibility, accepting the ebbs and flows which come with the terrain. Rather than viewing change as an undermining of your basic sense of security, a more constructive approach may be to conceptualize its lucrative possibilities.

Your capacity to assert yourself for the sake of self-interest and the cultivation of your senses which extend beyond the immediately observable are tools which you’re going to want to develop. In all of your physicality, you’re meant to tap into every faculty, which will lead to the unfolding of a more complete human being.

A major lesson in your evolution is to recognize that everyone doesn’t play the game of life by the same rules. While you may bask in your mastery of the pleasure principle, others may major in potting and scheming. Some interactions may produce more confrontation and tension than you would like, or are used to, but your potential for endurance and common sense diplomacy are in your toolbox waiting to be utilized.

 

Body Shaming On Social Media

If we’re involved with social media to virtually any degree, there are permeating themes that are almost impossible NOT to notice.

One of these issues centers around Men, in general, applying their criticisms to Women’s weight without engaging in critical self-examination.

As a stocky, well-built man who loves his share of great food, wine and imported beer, I can advise Men that it would serve to benefit us to think about these criticisms more thoroughly and to ease up on the judgment.

Here some of us sit, on our couches, remote in hand, with every sports package available, ready to do damage to a 12 pack. The words “gym” and “workout” have suddenly become oblivious to our vocabulary.

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Simultaneously, we’re indicting Women for “failing” to keep their bodies up to our “impeccable” standards. Only adding to the tremendous amount of pressure and scrutiny Women are under to begin with. This is of the hypocrisy “do as I say, not as I do” at its finest.

Let’s face it: It’s not an inaccurate statement to say that in general, Men have been given a pass on their looks. They’ve been sequestered from the societal microscopic dissection of their body image. Women have not.

 

There’s rarely, if any a persistent, glaring message which tells Men: “if you don’t look like (fill in the blank)  Women won’t want you.”

There may be exceptions to this, but on the whole, we’re given somewhat of a societal pass from harsh judgement when it comes to our physical appearance.

Because of this, a large number of Women have fallen into the trap of allowing Men to dictate their feelings about their weight and overall self presentation. 

Women: while a Man’s insensitive, poorly worded comment about your weight may initially take you aback, please consider that setting and maintaining your own standards in this area combined with seeking well intentioned, reasonable advice in the areas of nutrition and exercise is a strategy which deserves full consideration.

 

Your life comes down to how you view yourself and how you feel. Being comfortable with a constantly evolving you in all areas of your life, devoid of a toxic Man’s pseudo-“assistance” is of utmost importance. Please remember that if you’re not at peace with the Woman inside of you, whether you weigh 110 or 310 pounds, true joy will continue to be elusive.

Pisces Sun, Leo Moon

One of the points that I often make regarding the use of Astrology is that each of the planets are representatives of human needs.

As human beings, we make things happen in pursuance of fulfilling those needs. When examining the Sun/Moon blend in an individual birth chart, a few vital questions are being asked:

[1] what’s this person’s essential fuel comprised of? [2]What maintains their vitality? [3] what do they need to be emotionally fulfilled?

With the particular combination of a Pisces Sun and a Leo Moon, the fuel of creative service meets personal distinction.

For this individual, the path of offering a fluid, unbounded version of themselves is realized through the acknowledgement of ones specialness.

When this person comes to terms with their need to be honored, attract notice from others, and  be validated as unique they will be in a position to offer inspirational healing to the world at large.

This person’s identity is synthesized with the emotional need to offer unconditional love and acceptance to humanity. This is done in a manner which shows generosity of spirit, empathy and the finely honed ability to maintain the common touch.

One of the most significant lessons for those with this Sun/Moon combination is that developing their personality does not come in isolation, but rather as a connection to the whole of life:

” Personality, is of course, a relative concept. We can enumerate the various traits of personality which a man exhibits. We can say that he is decided, or gentle; that he’s unfeeling, stupid or judicious; but our epithets have no meaning in isolation, just as black has no meaning without white. If by personality we mean a man’s “distinctive personal character” we’re obliged to recognize that we can only conceive of such an entity in terms of contrasting it with other distinctive personal characters. “

“The more isolated a man is, the less is he an independent personality and the less does he exhibit those qualities that distinguish one man from another.”

In this day and age, we live by the “trust no one” mantra. The meme that says: “I’d better keep my guard up and never let anyone see what I’m all about.” With this blend, it’s well worth considering that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be deeply known and bestow one’s creative gifts on the world in a way that only YOU can.

The development of confidence is key to navigating your inner world and offering up it’s contents as one of your artistic gifts. What you’re really doing with this combination is engaging in sharing with the world: saying YES, i need encouragement, YES, I need you to pay attention to me and YES i want to hear that I’m unlike anyone else, and I’m going to SHOW you and give it all back to you by inspiring other people to discover their own needs just as I did.

There’s a healing factor in fulfilling your destiny and just by having the courage and lion heart to embark on that journey, it assists you to moving closer to being a superstar.

Notes: “The Integration of The Personality” by Anthony Storr

 

Libra Sun, Leo Moon

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“He who seeks for applause only from without has all his happiness in another’s keeping.” – Oliver Goldsmith

Before writing this piece, I found myself just staring at a blank piece of paper in my notebook. I was racking my astrological brain to come up with a Sun-Moon combination that had just as much potential to be popular, well-liked and charismatic as Libra-Leo. I’m not saying there are none, but I’m still pondering on the issue.

When pairing Libra and Leo in a solar/lunar blend we have an individual who is potentially just as interested in you, as they are interesting to other people.  In Libra, we have the one who does the engaging, who draws you in by framing social encounters to your needs and speaks in terms of your interests. Leo is the celebrityThe star who basks in the glow of attention and affirmation while collecting fans and admirers like vintage coins.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Leothere’s a primary motivation of interacting with the other. Libra Sun’s aren’t content with a mere half of the life story. In fact, they’re rather intrigued by opposing points of view. Their “fuel” or stimulus comes from sharing.Participating in the give and take, the mutual exchange, and the balance of recognizing themselves as a separate identity while perceiving how they’re viewed through the social looking glass. They want and need to know what they’re reflecting back.

Leo looks in the mirror because they want to know what they’re physical appearance is like, while Libra wants to know how they appear socially.

The Leo Moon uses the Libra Sun’s fuel to reflect a personality who needs to be admired, appreciated and acknowledged as being special. Most of all: validated.  This individual is nourished through the acceptance of him or her as an authentic and creative human being. After all, putting their unique stamp and signature on life is something they’re highly motivated by, so why can’t they receive YOUR official endorsement? It’s only right.

When this combination lacks integration, it loses balance and starts to hyperextend in it’s desire to please and entertain. Libra is driven to be regarded as “nice”,polite, kind and just an overall good person. This psychological need can create co-dependency and an environment which encourages overly adaptive behavior. Where Libran “good deeds” are no longer aimed at mutual satisfaction, but rather to appease and placate. This dynamic combines itself with overt displays of Leoine attention seeking antics, which are motivated by a fear of losing the limelight, or justbeing seen as an ordinary mortal, as we all are at some time or another.

A constructive use of this blend can be expressed by mastering the art of timing.

Using social intelligence to follow nuances and queues which indicate when it’s time to perform, or “take it to the stage.” Consequently, when it’s really your time, you’re not stealing anyone’s light. Rather, you’re radiating yours and garnering the mass appeal you’re  capable of. Your authenticity has the chance to shine through because you’re aware of your own value, which is too vast to be measured in dollars and cents.