Aries Sun, Libra Moon

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The blending of the Sun in Aries and the Moon in Libra is fundamentally illustrative of the need to integrate the dynamics of the assertion of individuality and harmonious social relations. The natural opposition, or complimentary force between the signs calls for awareness of ourselves and the other.

With an Aries Sun, the person’s essential life energy and stimulus consists of thrusting the identity into the world with force and distinguishing the self as an individual, distinct from the herd,asserting and claiming themselves as number one in their chosen field of endeavor.

This solar placement suggests an initiating quality which can manifest behaviorally in the form of dynamic, courageous and empowering leadership when operating on a functional level. The Sun in Aries potential centers around the drive to leap forward into action and using their strength to defeat any impediments which may be present.

 

When operating dysfunctionally, the Aries Sun can manifest as someone who’s so vitally “alive” that they think they’re the ONLY one’s alive. The overfunctioning of the ego serves to alienate those who might otherwise be allies.

The Libra Moon uses the Sun’s light to reflect a personality whose nourishment depends on balancing self-approval with social appreciation. Where the Aries Sun is focused on self, the Libra Moon’s orientation is toward others, with a tendency to evaluate themselves from the observer’s point of view. Cooperation, social relatedness and the joining of forces toward a common goal are some of the emotional needs suggested by a Libra Moon.

 

When  the Moon’s placement in Libra is operating dysfunctionally, the individual OVER relates to others. He or she becomes confused about who they are outside of their relationships. There may be a ‘peace at all costs” philosophy at work where the person suppresses their identity in favor of amicable relations. However, this set up ultimately leaves the door open for animosity to creep in causing an eruption of epic proportions. The very dynamic which was trying to be avoided through accommodating behavior has now been created because the individual wanted to be seen as “fair” and “good”.

 Navigating the balance point between the assertion of self as a separate entity and the recognition of how that impacts our relations with other people is the key to constructively integrating this Sun-Moon blendTo have confidence that we can simultaneously claim our individual selfhood and relate as equals to our fellow human beings is essential.

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Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon

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Inherent within this Sun/moon blend is the potential for a synthesis of the most gentle winds and a raging hurricane.

A certain need for  spirit, nuance and delicacy fills your heart , as there’s a longing to unite with a source must greater than yourself.  Not only do you have the capacity to tap into the subtlety of  emotional undercurrents, but it also fuels your vitality to plunge into the depths; right into the heart of matters which would be considered taboo.

Unless you’re penetrating life’s mysteries, peeling away layers and removing veils to uncover  truth, you may feel like a car that’s  designed to run on high-octane fuel, but has settled for regular 87.

What you really want to do is integrate the parts of your being which deal with raw, authenticity and aspire to control the seething intensity in your gut as it bubbles up to the surface, and those which long for an ideal world. On any level, profound connections are sought. Managing inner turmoil and acute sensitivity isn’t the easiest of jobs, but someone has to do it.

What may assist you is considering the perspective that sometimes, the more we seek to impose our will, to control and to manipulate people and things, the more slippery they become in our illusory grasp.

Indeed, having a sense of “flow” is something which nourishes you at your core, but the fluidity becomes blocked when other people exclusively become the focus of your psychological scrutiny as a means to navigate the waters of your personal unconscious.

Understand that you can still use your imagination and be firmly connected to reality. You can exercise empathy toward the pain of another and still walk away, and you can swim in the deep without becoming engulfed.

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The 2017 Cancer Mixtape

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I now present to you the Cancer Mixtape for 2017

Funny thing about Cancerian energy. I feel like it’s always being mis-characterized.

In most Astrological observations, people always go straight for the standard “moody”, blah, blah, blah……

Frankly speaking, I don’t buy it. I think that line of thinking is reductive.

I won’t  shrink you to someone whose emotional states change like the moon phases. I’d rather say that your Sun sign energy suggests an acute awareness of how quickly one’s feelings CAN change.

See…. There’s a difference.

To operate in its highest most functional state, you must put your heart into whatever you do and simultaneously assure yourself enough security and protection to shield you from much of the world’s insensitivities and lack of Emotional intelligence.

You naturally “get it” when it comes to vibes and intuition, and for that you should never apologize. In fact, you need to listen closely.

In itself, there’s nothing wrong with subjectivity, i.e. being influenced by one’s personal feelings, tastes and opinions. However, to be clear, you must also recognize that there’s always another side; one which exists outside of your private shell.

You may want to help, but some people don’t want or require it. You may feel that the world should share your love, hate, pain or whatever your feeling- this may not be so. Just realize that to live fully, you’ll have to come to terms with the dangers of emotional indulgence and how it can ebb, flow and fluctuate. Although it is a large part of what makes YOU – YOU, it’s not exclusively so, nor is it meant to dominate your entire being to the neglect of every other facet of you.

Your home is where the heart is and your place of safety inside yourself is designed to offer you unfathomable support, so you can give it to others who deserve the soft, sweet delicacy that resides within.

Enjoy your Mixtape.

Side 1

  1. Memory – Big Pooh feat. Novej
  2. Memory of… – De La Soul feat. Estelle & Pete Rock
  3. Soul – Asheru & Blue Black
  4. Detroit- Boog Brown
  5. Nothing Like Home- Mobb Deep
  6. The Place Where We Dwell -Gangstarr
  7. Nostalgia – Marco Polo feat. Masta Ace
  8. Can We Go Back – Hi Tek Feat. Talib Kweli & Ayak Thiik
  9. Something- Hasaan Mackey & Apollo Brown
  10.  Memory Lane- Nas
  11. Foundation – DJ Honda Feat. Mos Def
  12. Memories – Talib Kweli
  13. T.R.O.Y. -Pete Rock & CL Smooth

     Side B 

  1. History – Mos Def & Talib Kweli 
  2. I Know You Got Soul- Eric B. & Rakim
  3. Mood Swing – Asheru Feat. Talib Kweli
  4. In The Mood – Talib Kweli Feat. Kanye West & Roy Ayers
  5. Detroit’s Son – Guilty Simpson
  6. Soul Amazin’ (Steel Blazin’)- Blue & Exile
  7. Rolacks – Westside Gunn Feat. Skyzoo
  8. Understand Me- Kenn Starr & Sean Born
  9. Collector’s Item – Pete Rock Feat. Grap Luva
  10. New York City -The Lox
  11. Reminisce – Bilal feat. Mos Def & Common
  12. Care Packages- Skyzoo & Apollo Brown
  13. Boston – Ed OG & Pete Rock

Listen to the full length Cancer Mixtape right here:

 

 

The Importance of The Sun/Moon Blend In The Birth Chart

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To provide a basic introduction to Astrology, the sign” which most of us are familiar with is known as our Sun sign. It correlates with the Suns position at the moment of our birth. This is what most of the popular horoscope columns are based on. However, what these tidbits don’t tell you is that it’s far from the complete story where the makeup of our psyche is concerned.

In a birth chart, The Sun suggests the fuel that we need for the maintenance of our vitality. Its symbolic of experiences we need to realize our essential selfhood and what we’re meant to become to serve the needs of the times.

When our Sun sign is shining, we’re at our most “alive” and we feel a simultaneous sense of sanity and meaning. We radiate and feel the freedom to express ourselves most creatively. The Sun represents the archetypal masculine: active and striving energy. That which pursues.

As Astrologer Greg Bogart says regarding our Sun signs: “A central goal of this incarnation is to be most fully and consciously a Taurean, Libran, or Aquarian type of person. Feel free to insert your sun sign into that passage.

For Astrological purposes, the Sun is referred to as a planet, but astronomically, its a star, both literally and figuratively. The Sun generated light and heat and provides living things with what they need to remain healthy. When we feel good and we’re hitting on all cylinders, we really DO feel as if we can be a “star”.

The worship of the Sun goes back to ancient times because of the link between the solar force and divine energy. It can be said that when a person is expressing their Sun signs energy optimally, they’ve tapped into the “God force” or spark within.

As with everything, balance is necessary. Too much of anything has carries the potential to disrupt the equilibrium of our being. Theres no doubt that we live in a solar oriented society, and aiming our aspirations in the direction of selfrealization is an important part of our integration. However, wholeness cannot be achieved effectively without a synthesis of our dimensions. Lets keep in mind, when we stare at the sun for TOO long, it blinds us.

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Enter the Moon.

In contrast with the bright rays which shine, we have the symbolism which suggests the presence of the divine feminine. The active and receptive dimensions of ourselves. The Moon has no light of its own, yet reflects the Suns light in the form of a personality.

Through this physical vessel, ones emotional needs are pursued. In our Astrological charts, the lunar force is about what nourishes us; what allows us to feel natural, comfortable and secure. Together, The Sun and Moon are referred to as the lights”. Astrologer Demetra George eloquently writes:

From an Astrological perspective, the Moon signifies how the divine intention represented by the Sun can find physical actualization in a human body and then be applied to the affairs of daily life and worldly existence so that our actions can benefit others.

It must be emphasized that when analyzing ourselves astrologically, the Sun and the Moon are a natural pair and the blend of these two entities constitutes the building blocks upon which life themes of the rest of the chart are built. If we really wanted tbreak things down to the core, we could say that the Sun is who we are and the Moon is what we need.

To illustrate how the Sun-Moon blend operates, let’s use the example of an individual with The Sun in Leo and the Moon in Pisces.

For this person, a combination of these energies would suggest a vitality which is fueled and maintained by attracting notice from others, public recognition and selfexpression through creative endeavors. Validation that one is special and has a unique gift to share with or radiate to the world, which no one else can. This Leo energy is reflected through a personality form which needs to dream, be idealistic about the human condition and merge with a spiritual source in their lives.

Using this blend optimally, we have an individual who comes to realize their selfhood through working in the intangible realms of life. The discovery of identity through identification with symbols, music or mythological figures as inspiration for the dissemination of their ideas in the public forum.

The dysfunctional expression of this combination could be one with an inflated sense of self– importance; thinking like the sun, the world (earth) revolves around them. All the while, making the choice to create an alternative emotional reality to escape the challenging elements of life.

Its important to remember that it’s our choice what level of the “elevator” we’ll decide to live these potentials. We can stay on the ground floor or aspire to the top. Either way, we’re asked by the cosmos to be who we are and fulfill our needs in the process of unfolding.

Notes: “Astrology and Meditation: The Fearless Contemplation of Change” by Greg Bogart.  
“Astrology and the Authentic Self by Demetra George

Saturn in Sagittarius: Finding Meaning in Pain

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Without shame or apology, I consider myself to be an optimist of great proportions. Any way you slice it, there’s a generous amount of Sagittarian faith, enthusiasm and idealism pulsating through my psyche. I don’t really place a value judgement on this as “good” or “bad” other than to say  it’s unfolded as necessary for my total development as a human being.

While my optimism and hope for the future can create an incredibly breathtaking vision, it also comes with its share of challenges.

With Saturn moving into Sagittarius, one of the messages which the universe has for us is that of tempering our enthusiasm in service of a grounded reality. During the next 2.5 years or so, we’ll be receiving a series of wake up calls and “chin checks” with the understanding, as Dr. Amos Wilson lays out, that hope, when distorted, can become pathological:

“Hope is a wonderful thing in some senses, but it can be pathological in others. The neurotic individual uses hope in a pathological way. He lives in hope and doesn’t know when to give it up. There’s a time that hope has to be given up; when one looks at reality for what it is and one accepts certain aspects of that reality and moves on it.”

It’s now more evident than ever, that it’s time for us to move on the current reality by defining and understanding our individual and collective pain.  During this passage, we can become philosophical about our discomfort, making deeper inquiries as to get to the root of our issues, asking ourselves:

” What lessons need to be learned from our pain?” “Have we learned them?” “What part of the pain is our responsibility?” “How were we hurt?” “How has this hurt affected us?” “Why did it hurt so much?” “How did we choose to react?” “Why did we react in that manner?”

All of the signs point to the universe asking us, as bell hooks says, to: “tell our story, and name our pain”.

We’re ALL being invited to a party, and asked to come SOBER. This soiree’ is about truth-telling as a means to facilitate individual and collective healing which can unfold into a greater degree of wisdom and maturity.

Saturn’s symbolism suggests lessons learned, while Sagittarius’ domain is higher education. This means that learning through and from experience can be the most advanced form of instruction that we can receive if we allow ourselves to courageously remain open.

Granted, some life lessons may be learned relatively easy, but with Saturn in the picture, we can be sure of a couple of things; (1) There are no quick fixes or shortcuts to solving what’s ailing us, and (2) there’s a degree of thoroughness involved so we won’t forget what life is trying to teach us.

It’s through utilization of the Saturn principles of definition and responsibility that we develop a thicker skin, which ultimately activates the building of solidity and character.

If we choose to deny our past or current hurts, thereby restricting ourselves from the feelings which accompany them, this makes the healing process virtually impossible. However, if we create an avenue for unbridled emotional experience, no matter how tumultuous, and we can recognize the instructive value contained within our anxiety, this places us one step closer to the vision Kahlil Gibran had in mind when he stated:

“Your pain is but the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

To live deeply, we must have the courage to feel deeply, and to feel deeply isn’t always pleasant.  In fact, some of the defenses we erect in the name of avoiding our pain can actually direct us away from healing. A quality life isn’t necessarily an easy one, but we must use our distress as a form of enlightenment.

Revealing and working with our wounds and hurts doesn’t make us weak. Pain gives us a danger alert. It guides us to realize when enough is enough and helps us to establish limits surrounding the extent of damage done to us. Some of us experience a fair amount of guilt or internalized anger because we have difficulty distinguishing being viewed a “bad” person from one who makes mistakes like anyone else.

During this passage of Saturn in Sagittarius, we’re sure to receive back results which are in exact accordance with what we give where honesty is concerned. It’s accurate to say that our dishonesty and distortion of reality can work against us during the healing process. It’s through our self-induced disillusionment that we’ll experience the limited, restrictive and doubt ridden side of the Saturn archetype. As bell hooks states:

“commitment to truth is the first step in any process of self-recovery.”

If we’re familiar with Saturn’s energy, we’ve realized for some time now that it doesn’t “do” posturing. As long as we feel compelled to act in this manner to “save face”, do damage control, blame others, get even, etc, we’ll feel the weight and burden so heavily intertwined with the ringed planet.

Liz Greene elaborates:

” The frustrating experiences which are connected with Saturn are obviously necessary as the are educational in a practical as well as a psychological sense. Whether we use psychological or esoteric terminology, the basic fact remains the same: human beings do not earn free will except through self-discovery and they do not attempt self discovery until things become so painful that they have no other choice.”

Saturn in Sagittarius can ultimately serve us as a constructive cycle if we harness the dedication and fortitude necessary to consistently look at reality with a poker face and strategically apply our behavior to the context of that reality, all the while, preparing ourselves to make adjustments to the changing landscape.

References:

Emotional Resilience: Simple Truths For Dealing With The Unfinished Business of Your Past by David Viscott, M.D.

sisters of the yam: black women and self-recovery by bell hooks

Afrikan-Centered Consciousness VS. The New World Order: Garveyism in The Age of Globalism by Dr. Amos N. Wilson

Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil by Liz Greene

 

Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon, Leo Rising

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Your life can be a continuous game of “hide and seek” with the cosmos.

In order to maximize this Astrological signature, it’s important that you integrate your need for visibility, and to some degree, validation of the outside world.  It’s worth considering if wanting to be recognized for your depth and uniqueness as a human being does harm to your psyche.

Sure– in amounts which undermine your sense of self-respect, but in moderate doses, it may be just the realization you need to push you forward in your evolution. Remember: It’s only exposure to too much light that blinds us.

It’s essential that you find a way to promote your talents and use your creativity as a navigational tool. You must have the willingness to project AUTHENTIC CONFIDENCE. Remember: “Your vehicle is regal.”

Your cosmic combination also suggests a need to be totally dedicated to something that you feel is worthy of your particular brand of intensity. This isn’t limited to projects and pursuits, but also PEOPLE and RELATIONSHIPS.

yours is a trio of fixed energy. If you can’t put every ounce of your being into it while penetrating into the realms of unedited, naked truth, you may want to go back to the drawing board.

If you feel as if the world is inherently a “dangerous” place, it’s important for you to get to the bottom of that because chances are, that’s informing your actions and reactions. Understand that the world needs to feel your presence. Even if it means touching on subjects which make many of us squirm with that constipated look on our faces.

With your solar/lunar blend being one in the same, your vitality and emotional needs are highly intertwined in what is repressed, ignored and considered taboo in our society.

Think about allowing some light in, so you can project it outward.

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How To Create Your Career Profile Through Astrology

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For many of us, our personal life will be intricately tied to work life. If we’re working an 8 hour job, 5 days a week (or more), we’re definitely spending more time at work than we are at home.

When we’re considering Astrological measurements, we’re doing more than labeling a job/career AREA, we’re also taking into consideration how a person needs to behave/conduct themselves at work, how they need to express themselves on the job, as well as what types of vocations are most likely to accept and utilize these behaviors.

So… it’s a combination of what that person can bring to the Vocation, and what that Vocation can do for them in terms of emotional fulfillment.

Keys to look at: Sun/Moon blend, Aspects to The Moon, House position of the Moon, The MC sign + Ruler, as well as aspects to the ruler and the MC.

Also, when a certain planet is prominent (on an angle, ASC, DSC, MC, IC) pay special attention to it as an added vehicle which illustrates something a person really needs in their vocation/employment.

Planetary Considerations

Sun- Work involving leadership, children, drama, entertainment, recreation, park management, community awareness, drawing attention to self-expression.

Moon- Work involving Women, healing/helping/caring (tending to the needs of others), Coaching, counseling, real estate, the public, dining, hotels, cooking, dairy industry, emotional expression.

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Mercury- Communications work, travel, sales, bookkeeping, schedule making, accounting, broadcasting, criticism, quality control, editing, nutrition, voice work, writing, public speaking/lecturing, technical writing, putting things in order.

Venus- Women (young), Art, beauty (aesthetics), music, poetry, dance, fashion, mediation, relationships, counseling, cosmetology, makeup, jewelery, bank telling, hairdressing, interior decorating, house painting.

Mars- Law Enforcement, Entrepreneurship, Fire, Military, Athletics, Security, Construction, Mechanical work, Architecture. (Self-Promotion)

Jupiter- Publishing, academia, law, philosophy, religion (clergy), sales (sporting goods), advertising, travel guide, editing, opinions (editorials)

Saturn – Government work, politics, insurance claims (adjusting), working with time (watches/clocks), antiques, geology, construction, earth work,

Uranus- Information technology, cutting edge work, new age/occult (astrology), revolutionary work, liberation work, social services, humanitarianism, the unusual, engineering, aviation, electronics, lighting.

Neptune- healing work (alternative), spiritual work, metaphysics, creative aesthetics, music, art, photography, imaginative work, TV, film,psychology, pharmaceuticals, parapsychology, hypnotism, chemistry, oils, gases.

Pluto- research, government, politics, psychology, investigative work, espionage, detection, psychotherapy, healing, nuclear power, sewage, “unearthing”, medicine, underworld, behind the scenes activities.

Reference: Vocations: The New Midheaven Extension Process by Noel Tyl

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