South Node in the 3rd House, North Node in the 9th House

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While you may be used to digesting information in your local environment, larger and greener pastures await. The challenge of this nodal axis is to stretch yourself from a smaller, relatively safe world into a broader more inclusive one. There is a gnawing discontent with superficial musings being passed off as “facts”.  While general curiosity needs to be retained, what you learn needs to be placed into a wider field of vision and you’ll need to understand WHY.

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Understanding the Gemini-Sagittarius Axis: Balancing the Brain

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In order for us to most effectively utilize Astrology as a vehicle for a greater depth of self-understanding and appreciation for others, it’s important for us to consider the holistic view: that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Choosing a reductive, isolationist approach when it comes to Astrology one can easily arrive at results which are both fragmented and unfruitful. In our attempts to explore a certain zodiac sign archetype, it’s essential that we recognize it’s relationship to every other sign and overall function in the entire “wheel of life.”

This line of thinking is especially relevant when considering the interplay between what we normally characterize as “opposite” signs, which when constructively integrated serve as complimentary forces and catalysts for a deeper level of psychological awareness and a higher level of functioning.

Astrologer Glenn Perry states:

“Especially important is the dialectic between opposing signs, for each is the complement of the other. When opposing signs are integrated and in balance, certain traits emerge that transcend either sign individually and allow for the heightened functioning of both.”

In this article, my specific focus will be the Gemini-Sagittarius axis and the potential combinations which can expand ones existence, as well as the potential challenges which can produce a state of disintegration. The latter state suggests that the energy may quite possibly function with a “rogue” or “lone wolf” orientation within the psyche.

We all have Gemini and Sagittarius energy somewhere in our birth chart, so this article is for everyone interested in how we can use that energy most effectively in service of working toward being a complete human being. This article may also be of specific interest to those who have many planetary placements in Gemini and or Sagittarius, or possibly a Gemini-Sagittarius nodal axis, which suggests a lifetime of experiences directly related to balancing this dynamic.

For the purposes of establishing context and communicating the information as clearly as possible, we’ll look at Gemini and Sagittarius independently for a moment….

The Gemini Archetype :  The Student. The Journalist. The Scribe. The Messenger. The Quiz-show contestant. The Crossword Junkie. The Talk Radio fan. The Dilettante. The Intellectual Acrobat. The Curious one. The Youth. “Chatty Chantel ” The Trivia addict. The Social Butterfly. The Jill/Jack of all trades.

In our birth charts, wherever we find Gemini energy, we’re confronted with the need to gather raw data. To collect facts and information from our immediate environment and communicate our observations based on how we’ve named, classified, grouped or categorized. There’s a youthful and mercurial curiosity which permeates the orientation of the Twins which prompts us to ask of myriad  of questions (who, what, when , where, why?) about that which is most readily within our grasp. The Gemini archetype carries the signature of the “hood”, or the block reporter that gives everyone the 411, which could be useful information, or just plain gossip or small talk. In the realm of Castor and Pollux, the left brain,  linear (straight-line)function is highlighted, which emphasizes all that’s analytical, objective and logical.

When functioning effectively in the Gemini realm, our perceptions can be strikingly quick and astute. We’re able to gain a clarity as to the basic significance of how things work as a separate entity. By employing our critical faculties, there’s a knack for to ferret important facts, and through associative thinking, we can build an intellectual skeleton which helps us navigate everyday life.

When over-functioning in the Gemini sphere, we become obsessed with minutia and the micro version of things. We feel an incessant need to make everything to “fit” “logically” even if it’s obviously a square peg in a round hole. Also, we unceasingly collect random information with no clear focus or direction. What could have been building blocks to a rich-hued rainbow of meaning is relegated to insignificant tabloid fodder through our mismanagement of this function.

The Sagittarius Archetype:  The Professor. The Wild Stallion. The Guru. The Philosopher. The “Reverend Do Good”. The Know it All. The Dogmatist. The Loud Mouth. The Synthesizer. The Promoter.The Moralist. The Bigot. The Encyclopedia. Ms./Mr. Opinionated. The Teacher. The Guide. The Proselytizer.

Wherever we find Sagittarius in our birth chart, we confront the need to find meaning.

What’s really being sought is a comprehensive view or philosophy which speaks to the order of the universe.

The intention is to teach, guide and amass the largest possible conception of truth through mental and physical travels while pondering large, existential questions which advance and enlarge the scope of discussion, thereby activating higher faculties of thought.

In the Sagittarius zone, we’re asked to use the right brain, intuitive and holistic faculties which give rise to inspired insights. While Gemini symbolizes the dictionary, which defines, Sagittarius represents the encyclopedia, which expands on the definition and provides a larger framework in which it can operate. In Gemini, we question from a localized perspective. In Sagittarius the adventure now takes off to parts unknown as to test, theorize or speculate about the facts ascertained.

When functioning constructively, Sagittarius becomes what Astrologer Caroline Casey refers to as an “Intellectual Collage Artist”, taking what are seemingly disparate parts of information and synthesizing them with the purpose of helping others to see the bigger picture more clearly and honestly.

Over-functioning or in a disintegrated state, Sagittarius energy becomes an exercise in intellectual self-righteousness. While preaching and espousing tolerance, Sagittarius’ actions, when disintegrated, suggest a “missionary” who feels that he/she comes with “good will” to browbeat and win you over to their way of thinking. Also, there’s a tendency to loudly (and annoyingly) proclaim pure opinions which aren’t supported by any particular factual basis. only an overheated evangelical zeal.

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So, what does a constructive navigation of the Gemini-Sagittarius Axis look like?

An honest appreciation of logic, while making room for intuitive insights which come by way of inspiration. Well reasoned and comprehensive arguments which are developed as a result of fact-checking and objective analysis. A realization that to have all of the answers isn’t the marker of wisdom as much as keeping one’s mind open to a vast array of possibilities, and also understanding that truth can be conveyed through many perspectives and languages, and the best teachers are the most receptive students. To navigate the Gemini-Sagittarius axis successfully, we must realize that when we arrive at an ultimate or unyielding conclusion, the conversation is most likely over or close to being so.

We may ALL do very well to take a page out of the book of  Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) as to how he handled Nina Mosley’s (Nia Long) question in the film “Love Jones” when she asked : “You have all the answers, don’t you?”

To which he replied: Mmm   mmm….”Just the questions”.

Notes: “Essays On Psychological Astrology: Theory & Practice” by Glenn Perry

Awareness and Integration: How to Work With Oppositions in the Natal Chart

Whether you’re fluent in the language of Astrology or someone who is just starting on your journey, you may be familiar with Astrological aspects, which are relationships between planets.

It may get your wheels turning to view the dynamics of these relationships similar to the ones we share with other human beings: some are free-flowing, while others may be tense or challenging. Depending on where we choose to place our focus, certain relationships can also be growth inducing or stagnating, but virtually all of them have the potential of bringing something into our field of vision that wasn’t present before.

Claudius Ptolemy, who was a Greco-Roman Astronomer, Astrologer and Mathematician, presented five “major” aspects in his highly influential work “Tetrabiblos”, which went on to be known as the “major” aspects : the conjunction, opposition, square, trine and sextile. It needs to be said that there are more aspects, but these are the ones that are most commonly discussed at large.

When we look at oppositions in our birth chart there can be a “tug of war” or “seesaw” vibe because opposing parts of our psyche are seeking integration and reconciliation. Keep in mind that manifestation of this aspect can occur (and usually does) on both an internal and external level.

Often, there is some type of “shift” brewing and a compromise needs to take place in order to balance ourselves. I like what Astrologer Sue Tompkins (Aspects in Astrology) said about oppositions in comparing them to the doorbells of the front and back doors ringing simultaneously. In the moment, we feel as if we have to make a choice on which facet of our nature to honor at that particular time.

When looking at oppositions in a growth oriented manner, we approach the idea of making room for parts of ourselves that we may not readily see until we’re involved with another person, and in turn- that person serves as a mirror for qualities that are latent and underdeveloped within ourselves. As a matter of fact, they may be so malnourished that we go through a process of denying that they belong to us at all.

However, if we embrace oppositions in our chart as an opportunity to become more of what we already are, it opens up the potential of broadening our range of self-expression and living a more meaningful life. On an inner level, navigating oppositions successfully is like reuniting with an old friend that we haven’t seen for a long, long time.

Oppositions are noticeable in the birth chart because they are usually between signs that are “opposite”, although I deem them as more complimentary: Aries-Libra, Taurus-Scorpio,  Gemini-Sagittarius, Cancer-Capricorn, Leo-Aquarius, and Virgo-Pisces.

There can also be out of sign oppositions depending on how the degrees fall in the various signs.

Take a look at the oppositions in your birth chart if you have any.

If you feel  like you’re struggling with them, ask yourself what the universe is seeking to illuminate or bring into your awareness. Is there something that you refuse to accept? Are you receiving repeated and similar observations from those outside of you which merit consideration?

The magic of Astrology is often not in the clear-cut, definite answers that it provides, but in the insightful and meaningful questions that it produces.

How To Work With Planets Aspecting the Midheaven

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Just to review briefly, a conjunction is an aspect which suggests unity. Whatever planets are involved in the configuration work together as a unit and the energies are blended. I like what Astrologer Sue Tompkins (Aspects In Astrology) had to say about this aspect:

“When (a conjunction is) exact, it’s rather like having two bells struck simultaneously, it’s difficult to differentiate the sound of either one.”

In this particular birth chart above, we’re looking at a relatively tight conjunction between the planet Uranus and the Midheaven (MC). The MC symbolizes what your ultimate aims are out in the world and is connected to one’s vocation or calling. Anytime you have a planet making contact with this point,  there is the suggestion that the archetype which the planet represents somehow needs to be incorporated in public aspirations or one’s career path.

So, the next step would be to examine the planetary symbolism of Uranus: breaking free from cultural boundaries, operating independently, inciting change, innovation, unconventionality, and deviation from the “norm” in ideas.

Blend these energies with the MC and we have someone whose career path may be unconventional in some way. Someone who may serve in a freelance or consulting capacity or work with technology in some form. Also, we’re looking at a portrait of a person who must infuse their  uniqueness and individuality into their profession. It must be an extension of who they feel they are.

If you have a planet conjunct (or making other aspects) to the Midheaven (MC), take some time to investigate the symbolism of that planet and think about the need to be a “public representative” for the energies of that planet. You may derive an entirely different picture of your life’s calling.

Meditate on how you may “breathe” the life of the planet in question into your work.

How To Work With Planets Aspecting The North Node

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Through research and experience, I’ve found the Nodal axis (South Node/North Node) to be one of the most interesting and telling points in the birth chart when it comes to our overall life themes and direction.

For those of you who may be new to Astrology, the nodes aren’t planets or physical bodies, but rather astronomical or mathematical points which represent points on the Moon’s orbit around the Earth.

Typically, the North Node (which looks similar to a set of headphones) is described as one’s ultimate life direction or a suggestion of new energy to be digested in order to fully actualize one’s potential. While, the South Node (which looks like the same headphones, but just upside down) suggests a point of strength, but also one of potential overindulgence or dependence, which needs to be balanced and re-oriented to serve the needs of the North Node.

When interpreting birth charts, it’s important to view the nodes as an axis. In some Astrological literature, you may read that the South Node is “bad” and needs to be avoided, while the North Node is “good” and should be pursued exclusively without thought to it’s operational base.

I like what Astrologer Kevin Burk has to say about balancing the nodal axis:

“The true process of the North Node is not about turning our back on the past. The North Node is about taking stock of the past, honoring it, working with it, building on it and learning how to use it in a new way.”

One potential meaning of having a planet or planets conjunct (this could also be applicable to other aspects) the North Node is that the planetary energies in question hold clues to how we’re able to ultimately express the combined energy of our nodal axis in a way which allows us to maintain the riches stored in the South Node and stretch and develop North Node faculties as a means of personal growth.

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Using the chart above as an example, you can see that Jupiter is tightly conjoined to the North Node. This suggests that the “tapping into” Jupiterian energies is essential for this individual to actualize their ultimate potential.

Astrologer Elizabeth Spring :

” A planet conjunct the North Node is a piece of North Node medicine. There’s something about what this planet embodies that you need to bring into your life more.”

If you have planets making aspects to your North Node, think about the myriad of ways that you may be able to consciously include their archetypical meaning and expression into your life in order to become what you were meant to be.

References:

The Complete Node Book: Understanding Your Life’s Purpose by Kevin Burk

North Node Astrology: Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose by Elizabeth Spring

Gemini Sun, Libra Moon

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Gemini and the Moon in Libra, the person is fueled by variety of perspectives. The core life energy is geared toward quenching an almost insatiable intellectual curiosity. This consists of gathering facts, classifying information, defining and labeling with the ultimate goal of differentiation.

The Sun’s placement in Gemini suggests the the potential to express oneself with mental agility as well as strength in logical analysis.

The Libra Moon uses the Gemini Sun’s light to reflect a personality whose essential need is to balance acceptance of self with societal approval. There is an emotional need to be seen as a humane, kind and affable person. Someone who “gets along with everyone.”

Harmonious relations are what nourish the individual with the Moon in Libra. The placement suggests that if effort is applied, a considerable amount of progress can be made in building bridges and finding common ground with others.

When this Sun-Moon blend is operating dysfunctionally within a person, they have the potential to be the MASTER conflict dodger. Since the Gemini Sun’s placement suggests the life energy that surrounds verbal dexterity: a.k.a, being slick with words, and “rubbing others the wrong way” is a Libra Moon’s anathema, facing the reality that disagreements are going to happen can pose as a challenge.

Astrologer Hadyn Paul writes:

“Your need for approval may mean that you follow the group path rather than listening to your own inner promptings or your own personal needs, due to a fear of becoming ostracized or alienated from group acceptance. You need to belong, and this need is projected out onto social groupings, but perhaps the deeper need is that of owning and reflecting your whole nature.

In trying to please others and make yourself indispensable you may be repressing areas of your own nature, especially the moon qualities resulting in emotional repression and denial of your own feeling instincts.

In an attempt to minimize disharmony, Libra can tend to evade, whether inner or outer, especially those painful areas of self and life, preferring to ignore or run away from them. This is often the case where the alternative is to face up to the realities of a relationship where the need is for direct confrontation designed to resolve developing differences and for a deeper level of communication to clear the air.”

The key to using this Sun-Moon blend effectively is to develop the capacity for communicating and relating at deeper levels even though the result may not necessarily carry the breezy “lightness” that you’re used to.

Also, to use the gift of gab and social astuteness as not only vehicles to align yourself with others, but also as devices to help navigate conflict resolution rather than the wholesale avoidance of confrontation.

Reference: Queen of the Night: Exploring the Astrological Moon by Hadyn Paul (Element Books)

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Taurus Sun, Taurus Moon

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What you need learn is this: You can rock the boat, yet still preserve the basic foundation.

Your life aspirations and emotional fulfillment come through building steadiness and consistency in every facet of your life. The understanding of what’s valuable is something that’s second nature. There’s this uncanny knack of knowing how to throw “overboard” that which isn’t functional.

However, there’s a fine line between comfort and inertia and even a MORE fine one between tranquility and stifling immobility.

One of your tasks is to recognize psychological undercurrents which go deeper than just face value and diving below the surface to incorporate intensity as a means to fostering positive change.

While you may be able preserve your boat’s foundation, the entire entity may not continue to be in optimal condition to sail the ever-changing seas of life if you don’t consider the adjustments which need to be made according to the times.

Understand that enhancements aren’t necessarily a rejection of what you’ve always done. Adding TO doesn’t always mean taking FROM.

Capricorn Sun, Leo Moon

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Star Status.

Two words which immediately come to mind when considering the immense potential of this Sun/Moon combination.

You want to make your mark in the world, and your self-expression is strongly connected to your sense of dignity and integrity. It’s important to you that your internal pride and confidence shine through. In fact, your personality needs that for the ultimate in fulfillment. The chance to make things happen and receive public recognition for your hard work is what fuels you. Just know that whatever you do: it’s “good enough”, as fear and doubt are the antithesis to your aspirations.

Yes, you can become a star in your own right if you remain true to the ideals of consistency, discipline and dedication to tangible results in the physical world. In fact, what some may regard as the rigors of everyday life actually keep you sane to some extent.

It’s important for you to understand that gaining notice from others automatically leaves you open to scrutiny as well as praise and validation. Accept this fact, and count on your sense of sturdiness which takes them both in stride. Equally resisting the traps of overindulgence in the illusory glamours of the world and the hiccup of succumbing to the projections of others, who frankly lack your sense of charisma and panache.

Whether stars are born or made, you have a shot at the “big time”. So, what will you’re next move be?

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How to Work With Retrograde Planets in Your Birth Chart

Many of you have asked questions in regard to being born with Retrograde planets in one’s natal chart and what it means.

The first thing that I would like to tell you is that when it comes to my approach to Astrology, this isn’t a negative or debilitating situation.

Mind you, this is ONE Astrologers opinion. So, I’m in no way implying that my word is the end all to be all about this subject. Astrology thrives on a variety of viewpoints and I don’t claim to have the “right” one. There’s a lot of information being circulated which suggests that Retrograde planets in the birth chart (as well as retrogrades in general) are certain to be inhibiting and I just don’t think that’s the case.

I think it’s only appropriate that I offer an alternative view to what seems to be a widely presented (and accepted) perspective. In true retrograde fashion, just to review: a retrograde planet is one that’s considered to be moving in backward motion. Even for those who don’t follow Astrology closely, there seems to be a collective gasp of angst when Mercury is about to turn retrograde.

From this perspective retrograde simply means that we re-visit and re-consider the themes which are connected to the planets in question. Retrograde cycles can serve as a time of reflection and recalibration. What we’re really dealing with here is the internal quality of the planets.

For a person born with retrograde planets, the challenge doesn’t necessarily lie in the expression of the planet itself, but rather in creating your own definition, outside of the status quo on how that planet should function in your life. In essence, it involves a close examination of everything you’ve read or been told about a planet’s operation and possibly forgetting what you were taught.

 

For example, let’s look at natal Mercury retrograde. It’s clear that Mercury symbolizes the functions of communication, dissemination and exchange of information, analysis and observation. Is there ONLY one way to communicate effectively? Does only ONE style or medium exist for putting ideas forth? The answer is no.

So, the individual with Mercury retrograde at birth would need to do the work of deciding how they wish to embody the mercurial function in their life. Is this a difficult process? Possibly. However, I think the difficult part is re-learning Mercury according to one’s own standards and purposes as opposed to eternal writer’s block or a sweaty brow and clammy hands at a Toastmaster’s meeting.

 

It’s arguable that those with retrograde planets at birth have the opportunity to master those particular functions because if one harnesses the message of the cosmos, a much more conscious and focused effort may go into developing those planetary archetypes.

This is not a new idea concerning natal retrograde planets, as Astrologer Jeffrey Wolf Green states in his book “Uranus: Freedom From The Known”:

” A retrograde archetype, whatever planet you apply it to, is simply the need to withdraw, to retreat, to rebel from the status quo expectation of how that planetary behavior is meant to manifest from as societal point of view. This necessary rejection of the status quo via the retrograde principle accelerates the natural evolutionary pace. Why? Because when you’re withdrawing from the status quo you are arriving at your own unique and individual expression, essential individuality of whatever planet function is in retrograde.”

 

So, the challenging part of retrograde planets is connected to our ability to de-condition ourselves from what society, our family, religion, race, gender, etc… has imposed and continues to impose on us in regard to the various facets of our human functioning and development.  This is not said to induce any type of fear, but rather to instill the awareness that we may be 30 or older and just NOW starting to re-think or re-create own definition of Love, beauty and femininity (Venus Rx) or masculinity and assertion (Mars Rx) and how it needs to serve our current needs. Without self- judgment or criticism, give  yourself permission to start right where you are in the re-questioning process.

Some other ideas are:

Jupiter Retrograde: What is MY definition of success? How does it compare to what society thinks about abundance or reward?

Saturn Retrograde: What ideas have I been conditioned to believe about my natural Authority? How have I defined who drives my life?

Pluto Retrograde: What’s my definition of power? Have I thought about what sweeping change of perspective means in my life?

If you have planets in retrograde in your birth chart, become acquainted with the symbolism associated with those planets and then ask yourself if the “standard” meaning and expression correlates with the life you want to live in order to be fulfilled. This entails a lifetime process of self-discovery and you may find that the answer varies based upon the life cycles that you’re currently undergoing. Nevertheless, the potential is most certainly there for you to claim ownership of your planetary makeup and to utilize it in a way that leads to ultimate satisfaction.