The Importance of Loving Our Astrological Makeup

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“The most common form of despair is not being who you are” – Soren Kierkegaard

With the flurry of astrological information circulating the internet, making the distinction between what is valuable, helpful and potentially injurious can be a labor intensive process. If you’re wide-eyed, bushy tailed and have just discovered Astrology it can be particularly off putting to read a random article on a website which says you’re destined to live your life in dire straits or emotional bondage because of a placement or aspect in your birth chart.

In fact, based on the feedback I receive on a regular basis, the manner in which Astrology as a whole is characterized and presented can significantly impact the cosmological lens through which we process information.

Astrology which is inclined to shock or create a fearful emotional response can leave a person believing that they’re like a puppet : resigned to the fate of the stars, just biding their time on earth, susceptible to the wrath of certain transits or “no-win” situations regarding their chart.

With this in  mind, the next step is often a psychological attempt to denounce one’s cosmic makeup;  to wish that we had an entirely different birth chart than the one that we’re blessed with.

Damage control begins. Instead of seeking the most honest and accurate depiction of ourselves and leaving room for growth and self- discovery, we may attempt to “adjust” our charts toward the interpretations that we’ve found that “aren’t so bad”, or use the house system which doesn’t necessarily depict our current reality, but contains placements that now seem to distance us from  or soften someone else’s largely negative and hazardous interpretations.

I want to make it clear that I’m an advocate of people loving their birth charts. Whatever gifts, challenges and dilemmas which are present are meant to assist you on your journey to developing into a more complete human being. When we wish for our birth chart to “be like someone else’s” because of what we’ve read on the web regarding “good” and “bad” placements or aspects, exaltations, falls, detriments and the like, we rob ourselves and the world of a unique synthesis and expression of cosmic energy.

I can’t place enough emphasis on accepting the gift that the universe has brought you.

Once we’re able to “step into” our birth charts with loving acceptance, and  without the voice of harsh criticism or judgment, an entirely new door window of potentials will make themselves known. After acceptance, we begin seeking information and knowledge which is conducive to building us up, not tearing us down. We can certainly become aware of our own challenges and limitations as human beings without loathing our astrological makeups.

When it comes down to it, it’s really a matter of choice. We can choose to dwell on the “woe is me” interpretations that are around virtually every corner, or we can take a different route which seeks meaning and brings a sense of order to our lives.

I encourage you to be aware of the potential dysfunctions of planetary placements and aspects, but also understand that there’s another side where these SAME placements and aspects can be directed in a manner which accelerates growth and produces maturity so that we may lead richer, more multi-dimensional lives.

The universe loves you. Love it back.

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Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon

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This sun/moon combination suggests that emotional and psychological fulfillment comes through harnessing one’s abilities to consolidate resources in the name of personal growth.

The type of fuel your “engine” runs on contains aspirations to gain notice from others through a creative and unique expression of yourself and your gifts. If administrative prowess and personal promotion are blended successfully, there’s potential for the high visibility which comes with leadership, provided that you inspire others through an example of sincerity as opposed to being a walking exercise in ego inflation.

The step by step building of an internal locus of control nourishes you and helps you to ground your sense of authority. If your heart space is well-organized, the beaming light which accompanies your charisma has the potential to shine though in order to gain the personal recognition which you seek.

One of your keys to becoming a well-integrated person is to take responsibility for everything that you are. To recognize your strengths as well as your limitations and how to responsibly and effectively live within them.

When you “walk the talk”, you feel as if you’re standing on a firm foundation and there are no contradictions in your thoughts, words or deeds. In turn, this affords you the insight that you never have to settle for less than you deserve in your personal relationships or dealings with others.

In essence, you’re self-validated and don’t feel guilty about asking for, or pursuing what you want.

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The 2017 Pisces Mixtape

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Shout out to all of the Pisces ! Yes, your time has come. Enchanting, intuitive and elusive, spoken words cannot fully grasp your other worldliness. All that the average person can muster to ask is: “you’re not from around here, are you?”

Whenever  others feel like they have you in their grasp, what they fail to remember is they’ve only captured one of the fish and there’s another one still swimming somewhere “out there.”

At your best, you’re creative, sensitive and empathetic- with a seductive dose of mystery that slowly inflitrates the psyche, heart and bloodstream of others.

Your shadow is the charlatan, who is so  mired in mental chaos, deception and confusion that your version of the “truth” is now illegal in all 50 states.

Your evolutionary homework consists of blending your uncanny powers of perception with the discrimination of a fact finding mission.

Discovering the grounding and the container that you need to make your dreams and ideals manifest in the outside world. Using creative visualization to build structures worthy of your time and energy.

Pisces, may the force be with you.

Side 1
(1) One in the Same- Apollo Brown & Skyzoo
(2) The Dreamer- Common feat. Maya Angelou
(3) Chaos- Reflection Eternal & Bahamadia
(4) All of Us – Red Pill
(5) Mr. Dream Merchant -9th Wonder feat. Rapper Big Pooh
(6) Forever -De La Soul
(7) It’s Magic -Diamond D feat. Alchemist & Evidence
(8) Drugs- Lil Kim
(9) Peer Pressure – De La Soul
(10) Escape-Pete Rock & CL Smooth
(11) Delusional – Little Brother feat. Oddisee
(12) All in Together – Skyzoo & Torae feat. Sean Price & Guilty Simpson
(13) ’93 Til Infinity- Souls of Mischief
(14) Dreams-Black Milk
Side 2
(1) Augmentation – Rapper Big Pooh
(2) Sneakers-Raekwon
(3) Soulsville- O.C.
(4) “Zonin’ Out” – Polyrhythm Addicts
(5) “Rock Co. Cane Flow”- De La Soul
(6) Solitude – Madlib
(7) “Flow”- Sade
(8)” The Inner Source”- George Duke
(9) Everything Man – Talib Kweli
(10) Open Bar- Sadat X feat. Grand Puba
(11) “Drugs Outside”(Rmx)- Oddisee+Black Milk+Big Pooh+DJ Romes
(12) “Greeny Green”- Goodie Mob +Witchdoctor
(13) “Glamour Life” – Big Pun + Fat Joe + Terror Squad
(14) Hellucination- Smif-N-Wessun

Listen to the entire Pisces mix tape right here:

 

Aries Sun, Pisces Moon

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While you’re fueled by making an impact, you’re also nourished by remaining boundless. Your heart requires a connection with all of life, but simultaneously there’s a need to relinquish wholly identifying with anything in particular. Your Sun/Moon blend speaks softly, but carries a big stick and it’s strength is often displayed through just the right amount of yielding and vulnerability to draw others in…. and then BAM!

The work of Aries (individuation, competition and going to battle) is done through the intangible realms of life associated with Pisces. The “light” of the Sun is refined in a place that most of us aren’t privy to see. Often, we ask ourselves how we can quantify or measure things like inspiration or imagination and the truth is: We can’t. And wouldn’t you know? This is the very “stuff” that feeds your soul.

There’s a part of you that really wants to get out into the world and see what you’re made of, and another which is perfectly content in remaining in the shadows-blending in. There’s a fire burning inside that reminds you that you can make a mark. However, you also know that this wouldn’t just be for you. Underneath any bravado is a deep concern for the welfare of other people. Whatever greatness that’s bestowed on you through staking your claim in the world clearly needs to be aligned with an ideal that’s larger in scope than a few complimentary words.

Surrender and flow are two words that must be etched into your vocabulary. Trusting the process of development works wonders for you as opposed to brute force. Your willingness to yield to the moment and all it has to offer can prove to be of great benefit. To employ your intuition as a means of informing your action is a wise move. That feeling in your gut is more than last night’s dinner and it’s important that you pay attention. You may not have everything figured out to the last degree, but there’s a message there that you need to heed.

Also important is the need to establish and maintain an inner sanctuary where you can retreat in order to process and distill the feelings you absorb in your sponge-like core. Periodic withdrawals for you are not selfish, but rather in your self-interest.

Venus in Sagittarius, Mars in Virgo

With this Venus/Mars combination at the helm, questions immediately arise regarding wise and discriminate use of one’s energy in reference to the ideals which they espouse. A vast appetite for personal growth is evident. There’s the thought that the “bigger” you allow yourself to be, the better.

However, concerns should be raised as to your overall level of effectiveness in your pursuits. Does your actual efficiency and production match the grandeur of your aspirations? Your bow and arrow requires precise direction, as you don’t want to be stuck on a rudderless ship with nothing but “good intentions.”

Also, it’s important for you to understand that your plan doesn’t have to be perfect in order to execute it. Your capacity to act and adjust to changing circumstances coupled with your faith is enough to get you moving. From there, you’re charged with making steady improvements.

There’s a natural square relationship between the signs of Sagittarius and Virgo which means that there’s tension present with their interaction. To navigate this terrain, pursuing constant refinement of the specific parts while never losing sight of the holistic view, is the path of development.

While your relational urges can be both expansive and hedonistic, you’re offered an anchor to ground you and enhance your staying power. One of the most valuable lessons you can learn is the dignity of finishing what you start. In doing this, your free-spirit is satiated because you’re using your freedom in a way which liberates you even more versus promoting unhealthy and overindulgent scenarios.

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