Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon, Gemini Rising

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If there ever was a need to dig deeply AND penetrate precisely into this thing called life, it’s reflective of this Sun/Moon blend.  Your fuel is efficiency and analysis. You’re energized by being able to size up a situation or person and instantly conclude what can be “tightened up” or made better.  In short, you have the potential to be the ultimate efficiency expert. However, that’s not all.

Your emotional needs call for deep involvement and depth exploration. After all, you want to be regarded as significant and in control of your environment. What sustains you is knowing that there’s an opportunity to go beyond the superficial gloss and get right down to the nitty-gritty of something, even if it has repugnant undertones. The gifts of tremendous focus and intensity are your birthright.

Your perception of life is multi-faceted and curious. The lens through which you process experience can be adjusted to fit the specific circumstance of the situation. Intellectual inquiry is the vehicle which allow you to better serve humanity, which is what you’re here to do. it’s important that you make the distinction between service and servitude, for you are no one’s slave and not to be taken advantage of, and woe to the person who makes attempts to do so.

If you’re self-aware, your level of psychological sophistication tends to be well-developed. But, there’s a deep fear of losing control and becoming vulnerable which can lead to an obsessive need to control the elements around you through the same manipulative means that you despise in other people.

At your best, you have an incredible versatility and others feel deeply understood by you because of your blend of razor-sharp logic and emotional intelligence. At your worst, you have a slick tongue that plays mind games and there’s a private enjoyment in withholding your true thoughts and feelings as a control mechanism.

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Libra Sun, Gemini Moon, Aquarius Rising

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Here, the mental orientation is crystal clear.

The core life energy inherent in this blend is about balancing one’s self acceptance with social approval; weighing the need to actively craft one’s identity and seeing self through the eyes of others.

This is reflected in the personality form  where the core emotional needs are related to diversification and adaptability. You’re nourished by having your hands in a little bit of everything and understand what it means to have competing priorities.

Your thrust into the world is navigated by a “vehicle” which is inclined to explore alternate ways of being which defy social conventions and challenge the status quo.

Active social circulation and sincere curiosity about others serves as a gateway to forging the interpersonal relationships which are needed to maintain your vitality.

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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.

Taurus Sun, Libra Moon, Sagittarius Rising

Your vitality is fueled through the enjoyment of the senses and optimally, your life is experienced at an earthy and tangible level. What you can immediately and decidedly “put your hands on” serves as a reliable  barometer of authenticity.

In addition, you need to feel like everything is “right where it should be” in your life. Not so much of an exact equal balance, but like a recipe, in a proportion that pleases you and is agreeable to your life goals.  You’re nourished through an orientation to the “other”.  Rarely frightened by opposing points of view, you’re more likely to seek understanding as to use your newly discovered insights as a means to develop a more congruent self.

Your lens for processing experience is one of a teaching and learning orientation. Everything is approached in a manner which questions and seeks meaning with the goal of placing things into a larger context in order to soak up holistic understanding . You relish at the thought of life as an ever broadening  panorama. Your world is looked at telescopically and opportunities to incorporate eclecticism are frequently sought.

Establishing the type of grounding which will support a bold and fearless dive into the larger social arena is key.

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Venus in Leo, Mars in Leo

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Astrologically speaking, whenever Venus and Mars are involved, themes of the archetypal feminine and masculine rise to the surface. It’s to be emphasized that the feminine and masculine are general principles rather than gender specific.

We could say that the masculine is the driving and asserting part of us while the feminine is the yielding, flowing and collaborating one.

With this Sun-ruled combination of Venus and Mars in Leo, we automatically veer into the lane which concerns itself with gaining a sense of validation and specialness in one’s relationships as well as devising a fruitful strategy for applying one’s energy into the world in a manner which promises an opportunity for heightened creative self-expression.

One of the questions that emerges from this Venus & Mars combination is:

How can I align my personal values and relationships with my need to assert myself creatively and apply those gifts to my worldly pursuits?

One of the traps or dysfunctions of this combination can be the failure to make the distinction between when one is being and “performing.”

Where ‘being’ is a natural state the act of ‘performing’ suggests a need to be “on” for whomever or whatever is in question, whether it’s an intimate partner, family member or boss. In having this combination, one must be careful about using the reaction of others (whether positive or negative) as a barometer for one’s own worth or self-esteem.

If this is carried too far, there’s the danger of continuously seeking out the company of those who simply “make you feel good” about yourself without questioning what other redeeming value they have in your life.

Furthermore, one must avoid being overly invested in gaining and maintaining the admiration of others or allowing the concerns surrounding if people “like what they see” to debilitate one’s creative juices or risk-taking capacity.

If navigated successfully, the sheer solar energy can help carry your efforts forward in a fashion where you don’t have to continuously ask others: “how does this light make me look.?”

The fact that this combination, and all of the potentials included,  is your birthright matters more than anything that anyone else would have to say about it.

 

Leo Sun, Taurus Moon

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Earth and radiance.

Your “shine” is created through the recognition and harnessing of your inner value. Until you’re able to explore in all of its facets, what you’re worth, your personal projection ceases to generate the heat and light you aspire to.

Recognition, admiration and attention as a regal being ignites your spirit. Ideally this status is for the purposes of illuminating the potential in others as well as yourself, and allowing your expression to be a gift which emits rays of creativity than one that blinds with an inflated ego.

Building yourself up is essential, but the question remains as to how you’ll share what you’ve gathered with the larger collective.  Delving deeper into your feelings and curbing the impulse to accept them at face value is something which can benefit you.

The ability to burn away any material which causes inertia, rigidity or an one dimensional outlook is your friend. Understand that you can simultaneously maintain fixity of purpose and accept your ever changing, unfolding nature of becoming.

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Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon

 

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Often, when we consider what war means, vivid  images of physical battle pervade our psyche. Sometimes, so much that we lose the complete picture, forgetting that the spiritual and psychological components of war are arguably as important as what we do with our bodies. With the Sun- Moon blend of Scorpio and Aries, two Mars ruled signs, warrior is your middle name.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Scorpio, the core life energy which provides stimulus to the individual consists of the desire to plumb the depths of life experience. Even if this investigation happens to put them in the way of danger, there’s an unshakable faith in the finely honed intuition and sensitivity of the Scorpion which will allow them to proceed without trepidation.

The Scorpio Sun is fueled by passionate involvement and possesses incredible amounts of physical and emotional reserves which carry transformative potential for themselves as well as others who might be so fortunate to be close enough to be involved in their realm of life experience, no matter what it may be.

Typically, there are three levels of Scorpio’s existence: The scorpion, eagle and the phoenix. The Sun’s placement here suggests the individual is capable of living all three, from wallowing in the dark, dismal abyss of vindictive and vengeful behavior to rising from the ashes and soaring above baseness to heal, empower and regenerate individuals and systems.

The Moon in Aries reflects the Scorpio Sun’s light in the form of a personality who needs to “ram” ahead as a courageous and autonomous individual. There’s an emotional need to be first and catapult themselves into the forefront.

This placement also suggests the need of the personality to engage in dynamic action and keep the fiery flames burning. The Moon in Aries is nourished by competition. However, it’s not so much the external battles which provide them sustenance, rather the internal “wars” which are waged as a self-honing process which leads to greater personal strength. The key to integrating this combination is learning the most constructive ways which to use that power.

When this Sun-Moon combination manifests dysfunctionally on a behavioral level, there can be a ruthless individualistic streak which somehow forgets that others have the same rights and freedoms to express themselves. An overt “all or nothing” steamrolling quality which alienates others from providing any form of support.

Using this blend constructively, the potential exists for an iron will and untouchable self-confidence. This belief in self extends in the form of goodwill towards others, thereby encouraging them to contact  the warrior within and push courageously through life despite any obstacles which might reveal themselves along the way.

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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.

Strength and Tension: How To Work With Squares in the Natal Chart

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Amongst the sea of Astrological writing in books and on the internet, there seems to be a continuation of the view that when it comes to Astrological aspects: conjunctions are “neutral”, trines and sextiles are “good”, while oppositions and squares are “bad”.

I even notice when the “hard” aspects are written about in Astro cookbooks, the author seems to always head in the direction which doesn’t outline the developmental potential between the meetings of planets, but rather reels into a bleak and dismal fate to which we must resign ourselves regarding our relationships, communication skills or our identities.

I would like to offer another view on squares and put forth the theory that very little gets accomplished without the tension which the aspect suggests. When the word “tension” is used, this somehow triggers an anxiety filled image in people where they think something will be hoisted on them that they won’t be able to handle.

Let’s close our eyes for a minute and picture a trip to the gym for an exhilarating exercising of our muscles. Think about what your body feels like when you murmur to yourself:

“That was a damn good workout.”

We feel invigorated and empowered through the challenges we were able to face in the gym because we summoned the intestinal fortitude necessary to confront the obstacles that the workout provided.

In our natal charts, squares are there to test our capabilities. What we need to understand is: if we face up to what’s being presented to us concerning the principles that the planets in question represent, we can become a much more skillful navigator through the terrains of those energies. Another thing we need to realize it that this takes WORK. No one is saying that this is an easy ride, or there won’t be periods of time where we may feel defeated or stuck.

However, this doesn’t have to be the final outcome and there are several people, who have achieved to great heights in which squares are prominent in their birth charts, to illustrate this point.

Tension allows our “muscles” to become stronger and enhances their capacity to recover more quickly. These muscles can be those of the body, mind, heart or spirit.

Mind you, if you’re the type of person who seeks to take the path of least resistance or avoid anything which demands MORE than a minimal effort from you, there may be a problem.

If we’re truly looking to develop our capacities, as illustrated in our natal charts, to their fullest, it’s advisable that we re-examine the idea of an “easy” life. If what we desire is meaning and fulfillment, it’s important to consider that some of us may have to go “to hell and back” to discover it, but those excursions may provide a much richer existence than accepting a fabricated fate that “things are just going to be how they are.”

Please consider that the squares contained in your birth chart can be a tremendous asset to keep you motivated. You may have a bundle of energy that just needs to be released in an appropriate direction in order to assist you in providing the life that you deserve.

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