Taurus Sun, Aries Moon

 

*Excerpt from the upcoming “Book of Taurus”

You have the potential to create value and beautify your surroundings through sheer consistency. After all, there’s a certain serenity in others knowing what they can expect from you. Being “solid as a rock” is something that comes naturally, but keep in mind that  a rock can also be an immovable object that’s incapable of any flexibility, as sometimes yielding and giving way to the more flexible parts of your being is wise.

While the Taurean fuel composed of persistence and stamina assists in grounding the Aries propensity to start “with a bang” and then become bored, moving on to new frontiers to conquer, the fiery Arian influence contributes passion, which counters a tendency to regress toward possible inertia: simply seeking to do things the way they’ve always been done without examining if they’re still working or yielding the desired results.

What you’re really seeking to do with this blend is to have impact in the world without forcing or “ramming” your agenda down the throats of others, and see multiple possibilities, unlike a bull who only sees red and has blinders on.

You’re caught somewhere between : Fools Rush in”, “Haste makes waste” and “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.”

Part of your lifetime work consists of helping these three to get along.

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The Courage To Explore: Intimate Relationships & What Lies Beneath

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It’s amazing how relationships can move so swiftly, from the point that says: ” I really want to get to know you better.” “I accept every part of you.” “For better of for worse.” Or, “what we have is SO real,” and then revert to a dismal: “Clearly, you weren’t who I thought you were.” “You fooled me.” Or, the best : “You fake ass mother f%$&*% !”

How do our relationships vacillate  to such extremes in a matter of months, weeks or even days?

My contention is that over idealism and intoxication, compliments of “fairy dust” can blind us to the possibilities that something more complex and sinister lurks beneath the surface. In many cases, we outright refuse to acknowledge the shadow which pervades intimate relationships.

Actually, the force is only “sinister” if we choose to ignore the dark, as if it doesn’t exist. Otherwise, these dynamics can assist us in arriving at a deeper place with our partners, if that’s what we truly want.

Additionally, it’s important to understand that we must deal with the shadow, not only in our relationships with others, but also in our MOST intimate relationship: with OURSELVES.

To plumb the depths of our psyches isn’t a journey for the faint of heart. There’s a considerable risk of discovering contents which we’re uncomfortable with.

You know: those which increase our heart beat, incite nausea and cause us to squirm. We feel this way because if ANYONE discovered that these thoughts were a part of our psychological framework, we feel as is we would be immediately be judged, ostracized and rejected.

However, what bears consideration is that these very same contents, while acknowledged and given a constructive outlet for expression can serve is as an agent in our development and ultimate transformation.

Much of the time, during the beginning stages of a relationship, a decision is made by one or both partners to engage in strategies which are designed to cover up the parts of ourselves which we deem as being “ugly”. We construct a veneer of bullshit  and call it ourselves, and no matter how sophisticated our tactics may be, every time we turn around, the bullshit is there, just hanging out.

As a result, between two people, intimacy is stifled and given a snowball’s chance in hell” of developing because it can’t surface in an environment so ripe with dishonesty.

Generally, we’ve bought the bill of goods society has sold us: telling to us that we can have a genuine relationship without being genuine. We’ve been told that the correct course of action is to hide our blemishes and make only the acceptable parts of ourselves visible.

The lingering hope is this: by the time the other person recognizes all of our bullshit (there’s that word again), they’ll be so invested (a mortgage, 2 or 3 children deep, etc..) that they won’t have the strength, sanity or peace of mind to fight for their own well-being and “at least we’ll have somebody”.

We’ve somehow become convinced of the notion that navigating difficult territory is something to be avoided at all costs. We strive to avoid pain any way that we can, thereby creating more of it because of our refusal to deal with it when it was knocking at our front door, staring us in the face.

In virtually every area of life, we’ve  been told that we can get what we want through some type of shortcut. Get rich quick, lose weight fast, a holiday meal to go in a box, quick, earth shattering astrology readings, and the list goes on.

It’s more accurate to say that successful relationships don’t materialize via mystical and magical means. The willingness of both parties to share, seek mutual understanding, create space for the honoring and expression of feelings and emotions and confronting aspects of ourselves and the other that are difficult to deal with are all part of this process.

For explorations sake, let’s follow the theory that when we feel vulnerable in relationships, we associate that with weakness. So, we go searching for a “mask” to wear that’s going to help us not appear so weak. Automatically, this obscures what we know of and desire to express about our true self. The act naturally puts shackles on our ability to experience life more deeply with another person. Immediately, limits are strapped into place and there’s only so far that we can go.

We forget that we’re human beings and life contains many dimensions which aren’t filed under the category of niceties and bliss.

While this may be an unpopular view, it doesn’t detract from its validity. I would also encourage everyone to ask themselves the question whether one of their purposes for developing intimate relationships stems more from the desire to gain a certain amount or type of social acceptance, or to explore deeper aspects of themselves as a catalyst for personal and collective growth.

Douglas and Naomi Moseley write:

“Developing an attractive personality does not eliminate the parts of ourselves that are unacceptable, they just become more disguised and layered over.”

Furthermore:

“People who are only willing to look at or be aware of one portion of themselves are essentially living in a delusion, well intended though that delusion may be. Behind their masks, they don’t know who they are or what they feel. The control they exert to present an acceptable self-image to others (and themselves) is likely to leave them numb and without passion. Major dimensions within the self are lost or repressed. Living behind a mask takes energy. The process of suppressing becomes so habitual that they forget how much energy is consumed by putting on a good, pleasant face and living up to an image.”

We stand on the rooftops and shout that we want someone to “love me for me” or “accept me as I am” and this raises two important questions: Are we willing to honestly reveal ourselves to the degree that genuine acceptance is possible and will we reciprocate?

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The universe is asking us to push ourselves to create strategies to relate as authentically as possible and discard that “shit eating grin” which we may have been carrying around with us for some time. The feedback from the cosmos is telling us that the jig is up and the masks no longer work. Can we face our own shadow? Can we vow to escape the morass of comfortable numbness and self-deceit?

If we can do this, we can jump-start true change in our lives. If not, we may find ourselves searching for discounts for costumes at Party City.

Notes: “Dancing In The Dark: The Shadow Side of Intimate Relationships by Douglas & Naomi Moseley

 

What is the Part of Fortune?

One of the many things that I love about the study and practice of Astrology is that you’ll find yourself hard pressed to run out of ways to challenge your brain and perceptions. When you become fully immersed in this art, there’s an infinite amount of information out there just begging to be synthesized and given meaning to.

From what I’ve heard and observed, most people become introduced to Astrology via the Sun sign portal, and then information regarding the Moon and rising signs follows closely behind. Essentially, these three dimensions of your birth chart constitute your astrological signature.

Over the years, one of the features of the astrological chart that’s consistently intrigued me is the Part of Fortune. The Part of Fortune is derived through adding and subtracting the positions of the Sun, Moon and Ascendant. The point can’t be viewed in isolation from everything else in the birth chart because the potential rewards and benefits of it depend on a successful integration of our Sun. Moon and rising signs.

If we’ve been able to synthesize our astrological signature in a healthy manner, we’ll be much more likely to see the potential as well as the actual manifestations indicated through the Part of Fortune’s sign, house and the planets which come in contact with it.

However, if one isn’t using their Sun, moon and Ascendant energies in a constructive manner, the benefits provided by the Part of Fortune will be much less visible and evident.

Astrologer Martin Schulman:

” On a very simplistic level, the Part of Fortune may be considered a lucky spot in one’s horoscope, a source of opportunity through which one may achieve his greatest desires. Yet the idea of luck, opportunity fulfillment and completion remains abstract unless the individual makes concerted efforts toward his goal.”

My enthusiasm for this Astrological point aside, I would like to make it crystal clear that I’m not here to sell you pipe dreams of “pots of gold” and victories that come without hard work and dedication towards your own personal growth. Whatever the contents of your birth charts may be, we must employ them with purpose if it’s going to benefit us in the long run.

When we look at the Part of Fortune via sign and house , we can ask ourselves:

“What’s the greatest reward that I’m capable of receiving?”

On all levels; physical, material, emotional and spiritual, this is an appropriate question to ask. I view the Part of Fortune as the point which conspires for our joy and elevation when the  combined energies of our charts are hitting on all cylinders.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with what the Part of fortune looks like, here’s an illustration:

I encourage you to do some investigation as to what sign your Part of Fortune is in as well as its house position and any planets in your birth chart that make contacts with it via aspect. You’ll then get some clues as to how you may blend your Sun, Moon and Ascendant energies most effectively for maximum gain.

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In regard to aspect examples, let’s look at the chart above where the Part of Fortune is conjunct the Moon. This suggests that the ability to integrate a healthy expression of what the Moon symbolizes in one’s life (emotional intelligence, cultural heritage, roots, origins, ethnicity, domestic security, nurturing, women, feminine energy, etc.) is instrumental to this person’s happiness.  Any obstacle which the individual  finds that obstructs him or her from a free flow of emotion and the expression of the anima needs to be confronted and dealt with in order to achieve true joy.

Notes: “Karmic Astrology: Joy and The Part of Fortune” Volume III in a series by Martin Schulman

What is the Midheaven?

For those of you who may be new to Astrology , at times, the language can be somewhat overwhelming and confusing.

At this time, I would like to introduce you to an angle in your chart which is known as the Midheaven, also known as the “MC” which stands for “Medium Coeli”, a Latin phrase that translates into “the middle of the sky”.

As you can see by the wheel above, the Midheaven is the most elevated point in one’s birth chart and typically is on the cusp (the beginning) of the 10th house, although it doesn’t always have to be depending on the house system that’s being used.

Typically, the Midheaven has been characterized as one of the indicators of career or vocation, but it’s not the ONLY point which provides clues to this, I look at it as more of a focal point in an ongoing vocational profile.

Also, being the highest point in the birth chart, it indicates one’s highest aspirations out in the world. The sign of your MC (along with the planet that rules it and planetary aspects to both) suggest an evolving picture of the energies you need to utilize in a public sphere.

Do you know the sign of your Midheaven? If so, what sign rules it, and what aspects do you have to that planet? Check it out and look into what this may say about your calling in the world.

 

Capricorn Sun, Virgo Moon

This solar/lunar combination exudes the sentiment of “quality over quantity”.

In your mind, it’s not about how much, but how effectively you utilize what you have. Your aspirations of managing, administering and making things happen are achieved through an emotional investment in using correct techniques, “trimming the fat” and helping people and systems to operate more intelligently and efficiently. Your philosophy is spartan and you have the potential to hone into environments and pinpoint what doesn’t belong.

What you must remember is : as human beings, we have faults and we have shortcomings. While you may see this as deterring you from some larger ideal of perfection, I urge you to step back and take another look: maybe you’ll see that this VERY thing is what makes the world beautiful as well as challenging.

Taking things apart feeds your heart, while you shine through building solid structures through the information you derive via your observation analysis. Using this blend constructively, you can provide an exemplary model of someone who seamlessly manages material, spiritual and intellectual resources and offers the ‘know-how” sincerely, as a service to others to constantly upgrade their lives. Your paradigm is expressed more through action and encouragement and less through criticism and harsh judgment.

Venus in Taurus, Mars in Libra

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With this Venus/Mars blend, there’s a need to relate with the “other” on a physical/tangible level. Stability and consistency are integral ingredients to creating a rock solid union with another.

There’s a suggestion that energy is most productively applied toward endeavors which build bridges between parties and foster harmonious rapport. However,  clinging to inertia and underestimating the potential in relationships as vehicles for deep psychological change along with submergence of one’s individuality in intimate liaisons are themes which need to be squarely examined within this planetary combination.

There’s a danger in wholly accepting partnerships at “face value” without analyzing the more elaborate implications of behavior, motivations and the changes which occur in our thinking as a result of merging our concepts and values with another.

To be deeply involved is to risk. Both courageously voicing one’s observations and also accepting and considering feedback from another.

It may be helpful to understand that embracing change its most profound levels doesn’t require a relinquishment of our unfolding individuality. In fact, development of ourselves is the cornerstone of establishing what we can actually give and share with another in our relationships.

More lessons to be learned for those with this blend are: All compromise isn’t 50/50. sometimes it’s 70/30 or 60/40. Also, there will be instances where you have to fight for peace, and that’s okay.

While you’re inclined to place immense value on enjoying the moment, it’s important to never lose sight of the fact that with every breath we’re unfolding and changing. To hit the sweet spot which promotes understanding and evades stasis can go a long way in nurturing your bonds with those you care about.

 

Scorpio Sun, Aquarius Moon

Personal illumination comes through fulfilling aspirations of penetrating life’s core. You would rather experience the depths , no matter how turbulent, than resign yourself to swimming in the shallow waters of superficiality. This dynamic is reflected through a personality which seeks to break away from a societally induced definition of normalcy and live on one’s own terms. What may serve as viable food for thought is to contemplate what strategies to employ when deciding what situations and circumstances call for active emotional engagement and detachment. While primal feelings may fuel you, learning how to gain distance may allow you to see a clearer picture which can help you to suspend judgment, as to “take it all in” without swallowing anything whole that won’t ultimately assist in your evolution.

The Importance of Taking Responsibility For Our Birth Charts

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“In practice, the humanistic astrologer studies (perceives) the birth chart aesthetically rather than ethically, first as a whole and then in terms of its individual factors.

Nothing in the birth-chart is seen as good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate; humanistic astrology recognizes no evil planets or bad signs. It considers all astrological factors as having a place in all things; everything is good when in its place in the eternal scheme of things and in relation to everything else. From this approach, the birth-chart is a set of instructions for the actualization of one’s potential.”
-Michael R. Meyer

Whenever I speak with people about Astrology, I always make it a point to let them know how strongly I feel about self-responsibility. Astrology is a profound art and a wonderful tool for self- discovery.

It’s extremely important to remember that everything has a purpose within our birth charts. It’s pertinent that we accept and “make friends” with our celestial maps. Coming to grips with our cosmic blueprints enables us to work with the energies that are present at the highest, most evolved levels.

If we refuse to “own” our charts, at worst, the issues surrounding the parts that we reject will come to visit us in another form. Or, they will be projected onto friends and intimates.

It may help us tremendously to remember that there are both productive and unproductive expressions for every planet, signhouse and aspect. If we truly want to take travel the high road, it’s ours for the taking and is waiting for us.

Let’s make a comparison to our physical body: suppose that we don’t like our arms. For whatever reason we’re not pleased with their shape, tone, etc… Even though this may be the case, we’re probably not going to deny the reality that we have two arms. In fact, we may even start to work to improve their condition.

With our birth charts, it fails to work to our advantage when we’re a Gemini and we spend all day dreaming about becoming a Scorpio. Or, we feverishly try to repress our Moon in Virgo telling ourselves that it’s in the late degrees, so “it’s really more Libran”.

We must remember to accept the raw material that we’re presented with, mold it to our satisfaction and create our own masterpiece.

Trusting our judgement and having faith in our ability to become the authors of our lives assisted by the tools of astrology can definitely create an atmosphere that will strikingly enhance the quality of our lives and those around us.

Pisces Sun, Gemini Moon

Your Sun/Moon blend suggests that you feel most alive when immersing yourself in activities and environments which connect you to the whole of life.  Merging with spirit is what fuels you. Dissolving the barriers which keep humans separated  is an integral part of your life’s purpose and mission.

You can embark upon this journey by taking strides to satiate your natural sense of curiosity and making your life as interesting as possible. In this way, you’re able to fulfill your emotional need for diversity of experience and a multi-faceted existence.

A youthful sense of wonder can sustain your heart and the potential is there to skillfully ride the ebb and flow of life, adjusting to it’s changing circumstances. However, at some point, you’ll have to deal with the question:

“Where is my center?”

Viewing The Contents of our Birth Charts as Potentials

“What I, as an advocate of humanistic and especially person-centered astrology demand of my birth chart is that it should tell me how I can best manage such an emergence, how I can truly become an individual able to actualize as fully as possible my birth potential.” – Dane Rudhyar

As a practicing counseling astrologer, one of the first questions that I allow into my mind when viewing a chart, especially for the first time, is:what’s the most constructive, or highest potential contained within these planetary placements and aspects? 

Of course, a direct and honest dialogue is needed with the client in order to discern the level at which they’re presently living out their chart. Once this is established, it’s time to talk elevation, progress, growth and development.

The astrologer Tracy Marks authored an excellent book called: “The Astrology of Self Discovery“. I’ve built on some of her ideas because I think it’s important that they’re recognized and carried forward by the astrological community as a viable and beneficial perspective on extracting the rich potential contained in our birth charts.

When examining our own birth charts, I think it’s very important to acknowledge our challenges. However, we must ultimately move our focus toward, and search for ways in which these areas of tension can be alleviated.

If we go to the doctor with a cold, it’s only a matter of time before we become weary of his/her explaining that we’ve touched too many doorknobs or shaken too many hands. Actually, we’ve probably become antsy and are just ready to get our prescription. We want to know the basics about the diagnosis, however, we’re looking for what works. A solution.

In order to recognize positive possibilities, we must study models that work. So, it would be extremely helpful if we direct our attention toward the constructive use of planetary placements and aspects.

“I have ceaselessly repeated during the past 40 years that there are no “bad” planets, signs, houses or aspects. Everything in the birth chart is as it should be. But, it is there to be used consciously and effectively. It is best used so that it may serve the purpose of self-actualization and of liberation from the compulsions of human nature and collective patterns of society and culture. I have repeated that astrology has value only in so far as it helps man to tread the conscious way.” (source: “My Stand on Astrology” by Dane Rudyhar)

The Mercury in Sagittarius individual may exaggerate in speech, glorifying grandiose ventures, but this placement can also yield a prophetic visionary with a broad understanding of the whole of life. Someone who needs to share his/her wisdom with the intent of uplifting and inspiring humanity.

Concerning planetary aspects, it would benefit us to pay attention to how the planets in question combine on as many different levels as possible. Because you have a sun-moon opposition doesn’t mean that the potential is not there for these entities to integrate and synthesize to produce a harmonious whole. Let’s not limit ourselves to one possibility of how a particular aspect is supposed to operate.

Let’s say you have a sun- pluto or moon-pluto square, which some astrologers will gasp at upon viewing the chart. In order to understand how these particular chart set-ups would work effectively and constructively, it would help us to investigate how they work in a trine, sextile and conjunction relationship. Along with the challenges, it’s imperative that we keep our eyes and minds on success.

From my perspective, the birth chart and all of it’s contents are similar to a road map. We all know the destination, but the route of certain individuals may appear to be more smoothly paved.

In our desire to reach our destinations, why put the majority of our efforts into dwelling on the bumpy, poorly paved back roads when there are examples right in front of us of  state of the art six lane highways? 

Why not concentrate on the possibilities of planetary and sign energies working FOR us?

We need not fear our squares, oppositions or “hard” aspects. Or, become paralyzed because of planets in their “fall” or detriment. Rather, we can respond and confront them through recognition of their strengthening and refining qualities. Putting effort towards our personal development, and in return producing dynamic results.

Let us remember that the potential is ever present in our birth charts to seize. We can emerge as victorious as Hercules did upon facing the Lernaean hydra.

Onward and upward.