Pisces Sun, Taurus Moon

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is in Pisces and the Moon in Taurus, the fuel which provides stimulus for this person is that of spiritual liberation. Essentially, what motivates this individual is the desire to transcend the earthly plane and do creative work in the intangible and ethereal worlds. In fact, the human body can be viewed as a “prison” or trapping of sorts.

The Piscean potential for intuitive flow may allow them to just “know” that there’s more than meets the eye than this “gross and heavy reality” that’s being presented to us. This placement also suggests a capacity for highly developed empathy. When a person with a Pisces Sun says: “I feel you”, chances are: they really do. One of the best things about this is that it’s usually in a non-judgemental manner, seeking only to listen and understand.

The Taurus Moon uses the light of the Pisces Sun to form a personality whose emotional needs center around stability and security. Basically, this equals keeping things as they are and holding life’s surprises to a bare minimum. The Moon, when placed in Taurus suggests a capacity for sensual enjoyment of everyday, routine things. The lunar Taurean is nourished by what’s familiar to them.

For those with the solar/lunar blend of Pisces/Taurus, it certainly raises a few challenging questions: How can I do creative work that’s “otherworldly”, spiritual and transcendent and stay rooted to a semblance of familiarity? How can I enjoy the sensual pleasures of the body as my emotional needs require without becoming a slave to its importance?

On the underdeveloped side, the Pisces Sun’s fuel to move “far away from here” can resonate so strongly that the dangers of cloudy judgment exist. There may be an inclination to get “high” by any means, and in the boundless world of Pisces, nothing is off limits: drugs, alcohol, sex, fantasy, incessant television and anything which will provide an escape hatch.

Meanwhile, a potential downfall of the Taurus Moon has it’s roots in inertia. When unchecked, a natural gravitation toward the known has potential to morph into an extremely static and conservative approach to life. The line of thinking here is that life itself will somehow freeze if you do nothing differently in your individual world. However, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll see that day when you get up off the couch, look out the window and realize the world is passing you by.

A productive use of this Sun/Moon blend is grounded spirituality. Embracing the sense of awe and the creativity which comes with the recognition of life’s unity. This goes for ALL creatures great and small. To show gratitude in everyday mundane experiences.

While it may be nice to float off to the fifth dimension, you must know that rich and varied spiritual experiences can be had right here on the ground. Furthermore, your physical body is a vehicle and vessel to assist you in your earthly work- not your enemy. In order to maximize its use, it’s advised that you remove the prison bars from your mind. You can still get “far away from here” ON EARTH.

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The Taurus Woman

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Her core: The sensual mother of the earth who aspires to maximize personal resources (spiritual, material, emotional).

Style: No fuss and natural. Unpretentious. What you see is what you get. She says what she means and means what she says.

Victor Status: Solid reliability with a steady temperament. You can rest assured that they same person you went to sleep with wakes up as the same individual.

Victim Status: Obstinate behavior due to fear of change. Wants to live life to the fullest, but in her dysfunctional state, hides from challenges which may drive her out of her normal and safe routine.

Relationship/Sexual Style: The faithful partner. The one who serves as the “grounding” of the relationship. An “If you do for me, I’ll do for you.” attitude. Sex wasn’t meant to designate certain body parts as “off-limits”. Once she heats up, she’s “on” for a while. Sight, sound,  smell, taste, touch. Incense, music and candles soothe her sexual soul, yet provide an earthy eroticism.

Where You Can Find Her: An art exhibit, doing voice over work, Pottery Barn, Depositing a check in the bank, A Wine Tasting,

Theme Song: “Take Your Time” by Pete Rock feat. Loose Ends

At optimum, you possess a heart which will quickly warm others up. Almost immediately, there’s a sense about you which expresses you are who you say you are. Although this energy isn’t boastful, it meets the world with a calm and serene self-assurance. In itself, this demeanor radiates a solid, consistent beauty.

When Taurean energy is operating constructively, we’ll rarely witness a more even keeled disposition. This does wonders not only for you, but for those around you, as you serve as a soothing agent in your immediate environment.

The Scorpio Woman: Untitled

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Modus Operandi: The depth explorer, the dark magician, the taboo finder, the passionate powerhouse, the wellspring of intesity, the private eye, the gateway to emotional honesty.

Where you can find her: In her dimly lit bedroom immersed in hours of self-reflection and deep introspection. Curled up for some “light reading” on Jungian Psychology. Experimenting with various healing modalities. Studying the Tarot or the Orishas. At a horror movie. Checking out the seedy portions of the internet. On the phone, having a “breakdown/breaktrough” conversation.

She doesn’t really have to say a word, yet her presence is unmistakable. Magnetism seems to want to be her friend as it oozes out of her being. However, very few can see into the unfathomable depths of which the Scorpio Woman is comprised.

Most attempts to box her in as strictly “sexy” get assigned to the place in her mind entitled “superficial bullshit”, as she knows that life, and its experiences run so much deeper, and actually pities the poor fools who indulge in such reductive language and placid thinking……..

Virgo Sun, Pisces Moon

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When a Virgo Sun and a Pisces Moon are combined in an individual birth chart, there’s immense potential for self-improvement and personal refinement via the use of one’s intuition and participation in the intangible realms of life.  The solar/lunar synthesis represents the invisible made visible and the ideal made real.

Very few things are more satisfying than to shape a concept or a dream and then give it physical form so that it manifests with solid physicality. This combination offers that opportunity.

The type of fuel this person requires is discriminating and practical; complete with high octane analytics.  It’s the dissecting of systems or people in service of more efficient operation.

The solar energy is reflected in a lunar personality which has an emotional need to assemble all of the pieces together and bridge any divisions between themselves and the spiritual source from which they originated.

The key to navigating this blend successfully is to shape inspirational and creative ideals into functional form; to not only visualize but to actualize.

A dysfunctional expression of this combination can suggest more dreaming and less doing, or the feeling that inspiration, without perspiration or preparation will be enough.

It’s important for natives with this blend to understand that floating on feelings of utopian bliss can only take you a portion of the distance you need to go to engineer your visions. If nothing more is done, you may be chasing castles in the sky or living in a fool’s paradise.

Conversely, the portals that contain the fluid and boundless flow of intuition must be kept open and not overly stifled via the allowance of the hyper-logical, or the straitjacket of conceptual incarceration,  into one’s creative realm.

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Pisces Sun, Pisces Moon

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The type of fuel that this individual operates on is connected to possibilities of the ideal world. Dissolving barriers between themselves and the all of existence. The life force is optimized by the interconnectedness of everyone and everything.

The personality has a reigning need to transcend the mundane, material world and live – as Gangstarr would put it: “Above the clouds”. They may feel as Amel Larrieux (Pisces Sun) puts it: “trapped being human.” Their work is largely in the intangible realms.

Victim Status: Cloudy, hazy thinking. Self deception. An unclear identity and lack of boundaries. The inability to distinguish where they end and another person begins. A refusal to face reality, or a creation of one designed to avoid discomfort.

Victor Status: The intuitive empath par excellence. The non-judgmental friend who seeks only to listen and understand. The wise one who doesn’t feel the need to explain the “logical” channels from which their information was obtained because they’re in touch with their inner wisdom.

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Developmental Lessons For Scorpio

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As we make the transition from Libra season into Scorpio, theres a shift in dynamic which we feel unmistakably. The urge for the scales’ collaboration and refined social intercourse gives way to a more instinctual and raw gut-level reality which encapsulates survival. How well we adjust to this season depends on how willing we are to face the shadows. After all, were dealing with less light to operate with at this time of year. Not only physically, but also on a psychological level.

Astrologer Howard Sasportas once remarked that Astrological archetypes are like an elevator; we tend to live them out at varying levels throughout our lives. Some of us aspire to the top floor of a sign, while others may stay on the ground level. Out of all of the signs on the wheel of life, Scorpio is probably the most appropriate to fit this analogy. The mythology associated with the 8th sign of the zodiac provides us with material which suggests the path of development for Scorpio via the evolutionary levels of the Scorpion, Eagle and the Phoenix.

While these stages suggestprogression in Scorpios growth, the signs overall unfoldment constitutes a necessary synthesis of the three.

If theres any sign which has become the constant victim of Astrological tabloid fodder because of a fundamental misunderstanding and mischaracterization, its Scorpio. Many times, when the water signs are discussed, we would be hard pressed to wrap our minds around it being a part

of that group. We read about the warmth, sensitivity and intuitive gifts of Cancer and the immense empathy of Pisces. Then, all of the sudden, theres also this sex-crazed, ultra intense, potentially cruel and vindictive Scorpion standing on the fringes. Dead last in the “feeling” hierarchy.

To understand this sign, we must delve into the aforementioned levels of existence. All which are necessary to Scorpio.

Each zodiac sign requires a particular type of fuel to operate at optimal capacity. For Scorpio, plumbing the depths of life is essential to its existence as oxygen. Its vitality is maintained through the act of delving and probing deeply into areas of life which some of us may fear to tread. Scorpions are nocturnal creatures, so theyre comfortable in the dark.

Its not that they feel theyll never emerge from that place, but they’re in search of a truth which must encompass both the sacred and the profane. For Scorpio, this investigation wouldn’t be honest if it didn’t include all parts of our being, even the ones which make us cringe; the ones which we question whether or not theyre even fit for “human consumption.

Living at the level of the Scorpion, one navigates in a state of relative isolation and close to the ground, operating on instinct. Theres an acute sense of any type of danger, perceived or real. While there is a longing for passionate emotional engagement, theres also an overwhelming pull toward privacy and self-protection. This is not so much out of fear of rejection like their

water sign counterpart Cancer, but more about the inner turmoil which constantly stirs because they feel like there may be too much vulnerability exposed by relinquishing control to others. Even if its death hangs in the balance, a Scorpion would rather sting itself than have anyone else decide any portion of its fate.

Transitioning to the Eagle level, the focus now widens to include more of the intellect. While the primal feelings remain intact, theres a fusion of the heart and mind which suggests a keen awareness in determining the motives of others. A penetrative perception which leads one to the heart of the matter minus all of the processed spin” of Libra, or the erudite and lofty musings of Sagittarius. This is the knot in the stomach and the tightened chest. The type of interactions where someone is squirming, but the bottom of the true essence of things is in

clear sight.

While this analytical discernment is needed on this level of existence, power becomes a key player in the equation. He or she who has the information has the advantage. The lesson here is that power can be used to hurt or to heal, and living exclusively in this space can expose Scorpio to a misuse of its piercing mental faculties.

Staying in this place, one could undergo struggles filled with intense emotional upheaval all in the name of gaining a psychological advantage. Trying to get one up” on others because the residue of wariness and fear still lingers from the first stage of Scorpionic development.

As the case with all water signs, its a necessary step in their evolution to release” something to grow. For Cancer, its the past. Outdated emotional slights. Memories that no longer serve in forward progress. For Pisces, its the overfunctioning of the egos contents in service of merging with the divine source within.

For Scorpio, letting go of the insatiable need to control the emotional responses of others is a

golden key if they wish to rise to the level of the phoenix.

Successful navigation of these steps is a lifetime task. We may crash and burn several times, undergoing various metaphorical deaths and rebirths. Ultimately, whatever weve decided to do, the third and highest level of progression of Scorpio is always waiting on us.

To arrive at the Phoenix level is to have immense courage. To become as revealing of our own inner psyche as we are probing of everyone elses. To not only participate in nudity at the physical level via sex, but to also take the risk of the emotional nakedness and exposure of authentic relating to other human beings. To gradually, but surely show your hand. To stop staring through the hotel peephole and open the damn door and let someone inside.

A Phoenix has made the intentional and conscious decision to rise. Facing the shadow within themselves, bringing the contents to the light so they can be more effectively worked with.

Using their own story of transformation as a vehicle to heal others and encourage them to break through any self-imposed chains of imprisonment. This is how Scorpio uses the dark, as a resource, to cast greater light on the human condition.

The Scorpio Mixtape: Deep Waters

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Shout out to all of the Scorpios!! That’s right…. You can now gear up to receive the silent satisfaction of having everyone else speculate about what’s really going through your mind.

Scorpio: You’re fueled by an incessant (and even obsessive) search for the raw truth.

We’re talking about the instinctual, gut level truth, which can’t successfully be grasped by using the diplomacy of Libra, which precedes your sign, or the high-minded intellectualism of Sagittarius which follows it. When the infamous Scorpio, O.D.B. said: “ooh baby I like it raw… ooh baaabbyy I like it rawwwww….” , who knows exactly what he was talking about, but this sentiment applies to how you prefer to live your life:

unfiltered, raw, straight to the heart of the matter. Piercing the veils of illusion which surround you one by one.

You’re in a perpetual state of relentless pursuit. Searching for the hidden jewels of life knowledge which will ultimately help you to grasp more personal power. Better than anyone, you know that these precious gems are not visible on a surface level. To harness them takes a sustained effort and a willingness to become acquainted with life’s underbelly.

While the zodiac faint of heart view this journey into the abyss as tabooseedy and grimy, you simply see this quest as a passage to true freedom. The light within the darkness. After this, you’re equipped with a fearlessness because you’ve already undergone a symbolic death.

Because of what you’ve seen and experienced, no one can kill you. Like the Scorpion, rather than allow others to determine your fate, you would rather sting yourself and control your own demise.

As a Scorpio, your season isn’t about the refined Ambercrombie and Fitch social graces of Libra, or the hearty backslapping joviality of Sagittarius. Others come to you. They’re drawn by your hypnotic intensity and smouldering magnetism. Why? Because you’re suggestive and you leave a myriad of possibilities to the imagination.

All of your cards aren’t even close to being on the table because you never want to give away too much. It’s not that you’re stingy, it’s more like you don’t want to waste your time with people who are unable to measure up to your true emotional demands. The Scorpio Prodigy put it nicely:

“You’re minor, we major, you’re all up in the game and don’t deserve to be a player.”

So, the appropriate advice when entering the realm of a Scorpio is:

don’t be a shook one.

It’s my pleasure to introduce a musical selection which embodies the essence of Scorpio in all of it’s depth and complexity. I’m working on having these songs available in downloading format for the upcoming mixtapes so we can really get live. Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Side  A

1. Behind Closed Doors – Pharoah Monch
2. Dirt All By My Lonely – Naughty By Nature
3. Deep -Elzhi
4. Hiding Place – Little Brother + Elzhi
5. Animal Instinct – Mobb Deep
6. The Exorcist – Little Vic
7. What It is – Pharoahe Monch
8. 187 – MOP
9. Onyx – Last Dayz
10. Mobb Deep – Get Dealt With
11. Gangster Boogie – Pete Rock Featuring Slum Village
12. The Best Secret- Pete Rock Featuring Lords of The Underground
13. Relentless- Kenn Starr featuring Kev Brown
14. Take Em’ Off The Map – Diamond D featuring Black Rob

Side B

1. Promised Land -Ras Kass
2. Product of The Basement- Kenn Starr featuring Sean Born
3. That Raw – Torae
4. Eyes Wide Open – Big Pooh featuring Ras Kass
5. Heavy – Dilla & Madlib
6. Right on For The Darkness – Curtis Mayfield
7. Silent Murder – Nas
8. Until We Bleed – Kleerup featuring Lykke Li
9. Betrayal – Gangstarr + Scarface
10. Sex, Sex, Sex -Nice and Smooth
11. Survival Test – Dilla & Madliib
12. If There’s a Hell Below – Curtis Mayfield
13. Tsunami – Res
14. We Will Survive -Nas

For your listening pleasure. Please enjoy the mixtape.

Moon-Saturn Contacts in Synastry

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Back in elementary school, I remember when we studied rocks and their various classifications. Some of them were used as components to build, i.e. for structural purposes, while others seemed to be a massive obstruction, and their weight actually helped to provide a blockade or control barrier for flooding.

When we look at Moon-Saturn contacts in Synastry, we could easily make a comparison to these basic lessons. When two individuals share these aspects in relationship Astrology, the structures and containment of the emotional life is a highlighted theme.

This dynamic can operate where both partners share a safe place to express their feelings without reservations because they’ve done the work to build a mature foundation of mutual dignity and respect. There’s a certain consistency of words and actions aligning via an external demonstration of commitment and endurance despite the hardships which may permeate the relationship.

With Saturn’s influence as a glue, or binding agent,  there’s a suggestion of the long-term.

However, just because something is “built to last” doesn’t always mean it’s not supposed to be evaluated and subject to elimination in our lives if it’s not functional.

Another perspective is that such contacts can feel like a weight that we just can’t get rid of. An overbearing itch that just can’t be scratched. While in the presence of our partners, we may feel an uncomfortable emotional restriction, as if we want to open up to them, but the heart just won’t cooperate because of fear of being controlled. As if one’s feelings are saying: “If I speak, I run the risk of being ruled over, and this makes me sad,depressed and full of anxiety.”

Ultimately, when we experience these planetary aspects with another, we have to make decisions about what we’re clinging to.

Are we holding on to a relationship, which we should have  let  go a long time ago?

Are we battling our own sense of inadequacy, thinking that no matter what we say, it won’t be “good enough”?

Do we feel worthy of love and affection? Are we able to recognize where we need to grow up in matters of the heart?

Saturn is associated with tests and responsibility. Also, what we yield from the planetary fruit depends directly on the amount of time and effort we’re willing to expend in regard to the essentials of our lives.

Will we accept the challenge, and gain wisdom through pain, trial and error? Or, will we try to institute short cuts only to find that we’re trapped in a barricade of our own making?

Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon

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A couple of weeks ago, I made the comment that many Scorpios I know would scoff at the laws contained in Robert Greene’s bestselling book “The 48 Laws of Power”.

Their reaction wouldn’t be geared so much toward the accuracy or inaccuracy of the strategies, but more so the public’s awe over tactics which are pretty much “basic” ingredients in the scorpion’s toolbox.

In writing about the Scorpio Sun/Gemini Moon blend, I’d like to call your attention specifically to law number 23: Concentrate Your Forces.

“Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper , than by flitting from one shallow mine to another. Intensity defeats extensity every time”

This Sun/Moon blend requires BOTH intensity AND extensity. It needs to DIG AND FLIT.

The combination of a Scorpio Sun and Gemini Moon in an individual birth chart suggests that this person is stimulated by plumbing the depths of life experience. Their core energy is geared toward investigating and penetrating their own, as well as others  motivations for living; to discover what makes them tick. Scorpio will leave no stone unturned if it means unearthing what’s hidden from the “average” person’s view.

This placement also suggests a fearlessness of the dark. The murky waters and dismal abyss which may be met along their journey is just ‘par for the course’. After all, human nature is comprised ofeverything: both light AND dark, and the “stuff scorpions hate” is when everything is buried which might be characterized as ugly, troublesome or taboo in the name of a “Leave it To Beaver” brand of existence. No… dinner isn’t going to be served promptly at 5:00 p.m. tonight. No… it’s not piping hot on the stove as Dad walks through the door. As a matter of fact, Dad may be at the Holiday Inn with his Administrative Assistant. Yeah… you get the picture.

The Moon in Gemini uses the sun’s light to reflect a personality which needs to adapt to ever changing conditions and classify the experienceDuality, diversity, ambiguity and flexibility nourish the individual with the Moon placed in Gemini.  While the core identity (sun) says: “dig deep, penetrate, probe and scrutinize”, the needs of the personality (moon) say: stretch, diversify, get out of the narrow confines of that tight space.”  After all, Gemini is an air sign and air needs to circulate. What happens when air gets closed up in a room for too long? It becomes STALE.

“Gemini moon desperately needs mental variety and learning of all kinds. But the primary challenge to them as they go through life is confronting this question: with all of these ideas and “facts” do I have any depthsof real knowledge, and with all this learning , have I gained any understanding?”

One of the keys to successful navigation of this sun/moon combination is to acknowledge the psychological need for deep investigation and interactions and the emotional need to classify the findings within a wider frame of reference. These needs must be synthesized.

There’s nothing which says we need to choose ONE all consuming passion in life. If we dig one mine deeply, who says the other mines have to be shallow? We must recognize that we’re just as capable of burnout via ”the big heave ho” as we are through trying to do too many things at once. There needs to be a friendly agreement between our capacity to both divide and concentrate our forces and apply the appropriate strategy when necessary. These two potentials need not be at war.

Within this blend, Scorpio can add depth and focus to Gemini’s sometime wayward attention span and Gemini can bring a dash of levity to Scorpio’s frequent journeys into life’s underworld.

References: “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene; “Person to Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex & Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo.

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Taurus Sun, Gemini Moon

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*Excerpt from the upcoming “Book of Taurus”

Predictable variety.

Sounds convoluted, huh?

Never fear, because your Sun/Moon combination of Taurus/Gemini is designed to be adept in navigating ambiguous terrain.

What you aspire to do is create structures which have value to yourself and others, and you’re fueled by the use of practical methods. Additionally your blend suggests needs connected to variety and flexibility. Always having “one in the chamber” for good measure. After all, what’s life without choices?

One of the lessons you’re here to learn is that having a generally solid plan doesn’t have to limit your options any more than consideration of multiple avenues suggests indecision. However,  you must find the point where the common sense of life experience meets the youthful vigor contained in your curiosity.

Feeling the need to participate in everything that you think about throws you off-center as do  rigid claims that there’s only ONE best method of operation under ALL circumstances, without embracing the possibility of alterations at any time.

There’s no cookie cutter formula for success. Indeed, sometimes “slow and steady” wins the race and it’s better for you to have basic fundamentals in place before you consider any fancy maneuvering.  An integration of stability and agility can do wonders in your overall fulfillment.

In relationships, it’s vital that you recognize and honor the peace and tranquility which helps you to maintain sanity and the intellectual stimulation which nourishes your soul. With either dynamic at play, remember that there’s no crime in taking one’s time.