Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon, Sagittarius Rising

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You are moved in your heart by the vision of an ideal world and often process your experience by the way you think it “should be”.  The thought of potential and possibilities keeps you looking around every corner for opportunities. When you DO discover them, you’ll find that they ask you to present a full version of yourself that you’re not always comfortable with everyone seeing- that’s the conundrum. Will you miss out on what life has to offer because you’re concerned about people seeing through your core?

Your astrological signature suggests solar power of wanting to penetrate yourself to the maximum degree while respecting the natural rhythms of life. Your fear must not be allowed restrict your flow or dull your instincts.

What you’re seeking is to present your most authentic self to the world and shake anything that would resemble paranoia off of your self-projection. Understand that you have the choice to view the world as a threatening OR an inviting place.

Think about how a micro issue can restrict you from living MACRO. It’s a big world out there and faith in your gut can take you far. When you understand how to harness and direct what may initially appear toxic or painful, in the appropriate direction, it can help you to realize that your wounds can be both instructive and empowering.

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Planetary Transits & The Questions We Ask

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This post was inspired by a chapter I came across in Tracy Marks’ book entitled “The Astrology of Self-Discovery” ( http://www.amazon.com/The-Astrology-Self-Discovery-Tracy-Marks/dp/0916360202 ).

One of the things that I like about her philosophy in regard to our experience with certain transits is that the process is geared more toward exploring our growth and development and less toward focusing on the question : “what’s going to happen to me?”, which suggests that we’re resigned to some sort of inevitable fate that our own efforts can do nothing to alter or augment.

Here are some questions related to planetary transits, starting with Jupiter that I would like to share:

Jupiter Transits
In what ways can I expand/broaden the concepts which are associated with the transiting Sign, aspect and house position?

How can I adopt a greater sense of abundance when it comes to the affairs of the Jupiter’s transiting planetary relationship, as well as the house position in my birth chart?

In what ways can I create more opportunities for myself?

How can I uncover opportunities which otherwise may be undetected because they present themselves in a rather mundane “package”?

What do I believe about my life when it comes to Jupiter’s transiting relationship to my birth chart? Are my beliefs working for me? What’s the current status of my life philosophy?

Saturn Transits
How can I adopt a greater sense of reality when it comes to Saturn’s transiting relationship to planets in my chart, as well as the house position?

What’s in my life which calls for a “quality control” examination?

Where do I need to pare down the clutter in my life and eliminate what’s no longer functional?

In what areas do I need to plan, structure, organize and exercise self-discipline & commitment?

Where may I have to delay short term gratification in service of longer term development?

Where do I need to exercise a greater sense of maturity, which will ultimately lead to wisdom?

In what areas of my life should I strive for concrete and tangible results?
Where should I be prepared to test the validity of my ideals in the real world?

Uranus Transits
In what areas of my life can I use my ingenuity and penchant for innovation?

Where in my life (according to Uranus’ transiting relationship to sign & house) can I totally revamp and gain fresh and exciting perspectives?

Where do I need to gain a re-invigorated sense of freedom?

In what areas of my life must I be open to sudden change which doesn’t occur as I imagined it would?

Where can I make progressive inroads by going against the grain?

Where can I simultaneously recognize and learn to appreciate my group affiliations and individual presence?

Neptune Transits
Where can I eliminate the need to “push” things in my life and allow myself to experience a greater sense of flow?

If I’m experiencing a sense of rigidity, where does it need to be dissolved?
In what areas of my life can I experience more unity?

Where can I eliminate the incessant need for strict definition, and adopt a more rhythmic and free-form approach?

Where may I be likely to delude myself or view things with rose-colored spectacles, possible over- idealizing?

In what areas of my life may I be prone to self-deception? (Choosing to believe something only because I wish it was the case)

In what areas of my life can I call on my creative imagination, intuition and sensitivity as a co-pilot in making decisions?

 

Pluto Transits

How can I use a crisis as an opportunity?

Is there anything which I’ve become overly identified with in my life (job, relationship, title, material possession, religious/spiritual belief) which requires complete recalibration?

What fears am I afraid to penetrate and examine?

What areas of my life am I seeking to completely transform?

What do I seek to “kill” or bring “death” to in my emotional, spiritual or psychological life?

What area(s) in my life requires a dramatic, sweeping change of perspective as to make them “born again” ?

 

Moon-Venus Contacts in Synastry

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As a counseling Astrologer, when writing about synastry, which surveys relationship potential and compatibility  between two people (as suggested by their birth charts), one of my main responsibilities is to be an “opener of doors” and an interpreter of potentials and possibilities. No narrative between two individuals is a static, fixed one.

Advancing the art of synastry requires creativity, and a  far-seeing telescopic lens devoid of the “by rote” recitation of familiar and stale scenarios which couldn’t revive themselves even using the most powerful set of defibrillators.

In addressing issues surrounded by compatibility, our birth charts serve as a basis, foundation or a tool.  Then, the people breathe life into it, catapulting themselves off the paper into real-time, as to honor and support the unfolding human being.

Let’s take a journey into the realm of the Moon and Venus. These two planetary archetypes are firmly rooted in Astrology’s “intimacy network.”  Let’s make no mistake: they can be great friends and cohabitants, symbolizing a cozy synthesis of both what we WANT and what we NEED.

When Moon-Venus contacts are experienced between two people, there’s a GRAND OPPORTUNITY to create a “safe space” or a “heavenly haven”, if you will.  A place where you both enjoy the company of one another and there’s potential for an airtight trust that’s built on a keen emotional understanding and the desire of both partners to be in tune with one another’s innermost needs. The relationship possesses a heart barometer that each person checks frequently out of immense concern for the other.

The home and hearth are something to be cherished here, and the meanings travel far beyond the mundane “brick and mortar” definition. When it comes to the nurturing of the union between partners, a spirit of mutual cooperation can be present in service of furthering a heartfelt and erotic bond. Whether you’re a Woman or a Man in the relationship, these contacts suggest a deep and genuine appreciation for feminine principles: receptive, yielding and containing energy which is open to intuitive insights, emotional memory and the welcoming of sensitivity with open arms.

In Robert Augustus Masters’ work entitled “Emotional Intimacy: A Comprehensive Guide For Connecting With The Power of Your Emotions“, he gives an outline of some factors in synergistic combination which constitute emotional intimacy. Here are five which illustrate Moon-Venus contacts working at an optimal level:

(1) Being sufficiently well acquainted with our emotions so that when one arises, we recognize it, can name it, and acknowledge what we’re doing with it.

(2) Relating TO our emotions rather than just FROM our emotions, so that we neither fuse with nor dissociate from them

(3) Listening to others deeply, both to what’s being said and what’s NOT being said.

(4) Remaining emotionally transparent and non-defensively expressive of whatever is arising in us, be it pleasant or unpleasant.

(5) Being FULLY vulnerable.

Ladies and gentlemen, of course there’s a flip side to these dynamics, which holds the possibility of operating in quite a dysfunctional manner.

An appropriate culinary comparison to the Moon and Venus would be comfort food and sweets. Both, when consumed and enjoyed in moderation, don’t necessarily have detrimental, long-term effects. However, overdoing it is a different story. One could easily conjure up a scenario where both partners are racking their brains to come up with the last time they actually participated in a meaningful activity as an independent entity. In fact, that whole phrase sounds foreign and perplexing.

Oddly enough, when suffering from he stupor  that sugar shock brings on, all the partners can locate is 15 to 20 extra pounds and remnants of an expired gym membership. What was once healthy interdependence has now morphed into insatiable attachment hunger. The fulfillment which results from adult sharing has now given way to the fussiness and temper tantrums reflecting infantile behavior.

Like any other contacts in synastry, much depends on the attitudes, maturity and focus of the people involved; with the emphasis being not so much on whether the aspects are cast as “harmonious” or “inharmonious”, but rather uncovering, through a wide open quest, the most constructive potentials for operation of the planets in question.

What Are Some Potential Challenges of The Zodiac Signs?

Aries: Cooperation. Resisting the inclination to “steamroll” over others in pursuit of personal objectives.

Taurus: Flexibility. Avoiding inertia and rigid stances.

Gemini: Mental focus.

Cancer: Letting go of unhealthy emotional situations. Self-care.

Leo:  Self validation and appreciation.

Virgo: Accepting flaws in self and others.

Libra: Asserting desires. Putting self first in an effort to balance inner and outer life dynamics.

Scorpio: To experience emotional and psychic vulnerability. To become as revealing as they are probing and penetrating.

Sagittarius: Grounding optimism. Accepting others’ viewpoints. Detaching from dogma.

Capricorn: Experiencing the range of emotions. Embracing intuition.

Aquarius: Personal connections. Employing talents/resources for individual use.

Pisces: Facing reality. Remaining present in discomfort.

What Are Some Potential Strengths of The Zodiac Signs?

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Aries: Bold assertion of life-force. Direct confrontation of obstacles.

Taurus; Groundedness. Enjoyment of the body. Building and maintaining secure structures. Assessing value.

Gemini: Intellectual versatility. Social dexterity. Insatiable curiosity. Gathering and distributing information.

Cancer; Emotional connectivity. Meeting the unspoken needs of others. Therapeutic warmth. Nurturing capacity. Acute intuition.

Leo: Charismatic presentation of self. Noble generosity of inspirational light.

Virgo: Analytic precision. Intellectual discrimination. Improvement orientation. The ability to be useful.

Libra: Adaptability. Interest in others. Cooperation. Social refinement.

Scorpio: Intensity of insight. Willingness to travel in the dark and plumb the depths of life experience.

Sagittarius: Holistic understanding. Comprehensive viewpoints. Life-affirming philosophy. Thirst for knowledge.

Capricorn: Preparation. Administrative Organization.  Master strategist.  Ability to delay short term gratification in service of long-term objectives.

Aquarius: Questioning social conventions. Ability to convey progressive humanitarian ideals.

Pisces: The ability to merge with spiritual forces. Capacity for unconditional love. Flowing with life’s currents. The “mirroring” effect.

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How To Work With Planets Aspecting Your Ascendant

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Our Ascendant, A.K.A., rising sign is one of the most important angles and very personal part of our birth charts. The Ascendant is our filter for processing our life experiences. It helps in the coloring and flavoring of perception,   as well as serving as a particular type of vehicle (based on sign) we use to navigate through life.

It would stand to reason that whatever planet or planets that come in contact with the rising sign are there to serve us as developmental tools in formulating our overall worldview.  On a technical level, the “rising” sign is the degree and minute of the zodiac sign which was rising in the east at the exact moment of our birth. It’s a very sensitive point in the birth chart, so an accurate time of birth really helps in its determination.

When a planet makes contact with the Ascendant, it’s important that we consider how the nature of the planet, expressed in a healthy fashion can contribute to our overall self-projection.

In the chart above, you’ll see that the Sagittarius Sun is in a tight conjunction with a Sagittarius Ascendant. What this suggests, is that this individual’s vitality and life force are unified in their approach to the world. In essence, the type of fuel they need to operate effectively is in alignment with their aspirations and the growth experiences they need for ultimate self-discovery.

Also, the Sun and Ascendant being in the same sign, would suggest that this person identifies strongly with the archetype of that sign. At best, there is an authentic “what you see is what you get” type of vibe. Operating in a dysfunctional manner, excessive attention seeking and hubris is hard at work.

If you have a planets making aspects to your Ascendant, study the planetary symbolism and think about ways you can honor it by integrating it into the package that is your total self-projection and the development of your identity.

 

The Discussion of House Systems in Astrology

“The astrological houses do not exist as an astronomical reality; their application is symbolic. This presents a sharpened argument that to use their symbolism effectively, their basis should be clearly understood. Most of us can agree with this in regard to what the houses mean. But in addition we have the problem of choosing which system of calculation to use, a highly controversial issue due to the variety of methods available and the considerable divergence of cusp locations they present. This is often regarded as the most problematic component of modern astrology. With no clear consensus of opinion to guide us, it is an issue upon which each astrologer must take an individual stance, weigh up the arguments, and resolve at a personal level.” -Deborah Houlding

This blog piece will not be a doctoral thesis on house systems and their intricacies.

This article is one Astrologer’s perspective on how we may liberate ourselves from the shackles that can potentially bind us when dealing with the topic of how the cosmos is divided.

For those who are familiar with the houses, they serve as symbolism in our birth charts for our fields of experience. They represent our various areas of life activity and development.

You may also be familiar with the fact that they can be divided in several ways, according to several systems. Some of these systems are: Placidus, Koch, Equal, Whole Signs, Campanus, Regiomontanus,  Alcabitius and Porphyry.

To give you an idea of the heat surrounding this issue, if you ask most Astrologers what should NOT be discussed amongst Astrologers when time is of the essence, house systems is a sure shot to make the top 3 or 4 answers.

If we’ve looked at our birth charts in a variety of systems, chances are, we’ll notice some differences from one system to the next. The most visible changes will most likely be that certain planets will move from one house to another.

When this happens, one of the things to keep in mind is:

this doesn’t change who we are.

I am of the opinion that the specific house system is not the most important issue. After all, we’re human beings seeking integration and wholeness and the entire zodiac, which includes the houses, can be viewed of a continuum.

Often, the affairs or themes of one house seep into the following one, so whether we realize it or not, there are no dormant houses. Our birth charts are a symbol or a mandala representing us as a dynamic life force. Never static, always becoming.

I think our core being can be depicted accurately using a number of house systems and the magic resides more with the practitioner than the system.

If we think for a moment about broad and holistic patterns, we will realize that strong chart themes stand the test of any system of house division.

Astrology is a lifelong quest to learn about who we are and how we can unfold our potential as required by the times we’re living in. I take the position that there are no “good” or “bad” houses. The thought that they’re just might be sometimes plays a part in what system we will actually accept for examining our own charts.

We may even go as far as to take the  house system route which will reflect us to the world (or so we believe) as  more “intelligent”, “sexier” , more “psychic” or “prophetic”, and the like.

Following this line of thinking, it’s reasonable to ask if we would be any “less” in those areas if our planets were located in other houses that didn’t symbolize, by rote, what we wanted to confirm ourselves as being.

It needs to be stressed that house systems are a VIEW. I may be looking at a person from a frontal view, while another person may get the side view. While some of our notes may be similar, we may also touch upon observations which the other didn’t think of. This doesn’t negate the validity of either of our perceptions.

One of the most valuable lessons which Astrology has driven home in me is that we must be able to expand the limited ideas we possess surrounding our being. We are multifaceted human beings with boundless potentials, of which some- we’re not even aware.

As Dane Rudhyar states:

“If a person asks for knowledge or guidance, the asking is thus conditioned, or at least colored, by the level at which he or she mainly operates, or by a conscious or subconscious attempt to move to the next level by gaining a new perspective. To gain a new perspective means to look at life in general and at oneself  specifically from a new ‘place’ in terms of a different frame of reference-thus from a new level of consciousness and understanding.” (Source: The Astrology of  Transformation: A Multilevel Approach by Dane Rudhyar)

There’s immensely valuable information to be gained from the myriad of perspectives that Astrology’s house systems provide.

The key is to appreciate and enjoy the views without becoming slavishly attached to them. Allowing the insights to serve one’s interests as opposed to adopting a rigid, painstaking allegiance to one point of view.