Planetary Portraits : Venus in Taurus

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Placement Strength & Applications: Love of stability can be used toward rock-solid and steadfast devotion to a partner. Capacity to enjoy the “here and now”; grounded in the senses. Potential to foster harmony and tranquility in personal relationships. A natural orientation which neutralizes pretentious exchange.

Developmental Challenges: To make the distinction between people and property. Understanding when “consistency” can be used to rationalize inertia or fear of fresh new approaches. To find the “sweet spot” in relationships where one balances the pleasurable and the practical while not using one as an excuse to overindulge in or minimize the other.

The Portrait: Beauty as simplicity. The natural. The potential to attract without seeking undue attention. A skillful blend of modesty and staunch inner confidence. The epitome of minding one’s own business and expecting others to do the same.

Relational Style:  Enduring, trustworthy. The keeper of her/his word. “In your corner” type of loyalty, and expects the same.

Sexual Style: PRESENT in all forms. Earthy, uncomplicated and unbothered.

You Value: The feminine, the sensual, the comfortable.

Planetary Portraits: Venus in Cancer

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Placement Strengths & Applications: Fostering and nurturing the complete relationship. Offering the warm, cozy nest of safety and unconditional love. The recognition of the full gamut of emotions and feelings. The inclination to intuit a partner’s spoken and unspoken needs. Attention paid to “the little things”. Promoter of the private “just between me & you.” bonds.

Developmental Challenges: “Helping” and “caring as a form of creating obligations in other people. Subtle, indirect manipulation. Learning how to receive the same affection you provide. Understanding warning signals and dangers of  holding something or someone too tightly and confusing that behavior with love.

The Portrait: The earth mother. A demonstration of the ideal feminine (irrespective of gender). One who is capable of harnessing emotional support in quantity and quality.

Relational Style: Sincere, soulful and heartfelt.

Sexual Style: Privately lusty.

You Value: The Sentimental & nostalgic.

Venus in Cancer, Mars in Libra

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With this Venus/Mars combination in mind, we immediately delve into the world of feelings, emotions, relational security and ideals.

The application of will is directed toward harmonizing and developing rapport. With a Venus sign ruled by the Moon and a Mars sign ruled by Venus, there’s an appreciation of sentimentality, affection, and the smaller, yet more intimate gestures which bring us  closer to another human being. The ability to Intuit and just “remember” the preferences and needs of the “other” is highly pronounced.

For an individual with this cosmic makeup, emotional safety is about establishing avenues of trust and creating a safe haven where one can bear intimate feelings without being judged, ridiculed, threatened or manipulated. To engage in a mutual effort (teamwork) to help something grow, whether it’s a relationship or business partnership is a major part of this person’s life’s work.

There is a natural dynamic tension with this blend which can be illustrated by a person constantly having to adjust their approach to people because they struggle, due to sensitivity, with how to deliver feedback which may “upset the apple cart”. While they would like things to remain safe, there is a heavy burden of guilt should they become dishonest.

An important lesson is that one can’t be fearful of their own transparency as it undermines the true kindness which needs to be the foundation of all of their important relationships.

You can’t just brush your instincts to the side while grappling to find a more “cerebral” explanation.

A fair question may be:

What happens when you have to express certain thoughts and feelings to your partner that may upset the equilibrium in the relationship? 

Sexually, there’s an expectation of coziness and private lust. What excites you is to “flip through” a portfolio containing a juicy gamut of feelings in service of a complete experience. There’s an emphasis on shared enjoyment and “returning the favor” in the name of true partnership. The erotic produces an emotional charge.

For you to be fulfilled, your emotions must link up with your ideals.

Aquarius Rising : “I Originate”

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When discussing the rising sign, a.k.a. the ascendant, we’re automatically confronted with questions such as: “In what manner do I approach the world?”  “How do other people perceive me? Better yet, “What is the basic filter I have in place to process my life experience?”

An Aquarian Ascendant suggests an approach to life which stresses innovation in service of personal liberation. Living “electrically” tends to be of significant importance. Ultimately, this produces questions about what it truly means to be free in this world, and how we can become more of ourselves every moment.

The ability to detach, or take an exceptionally objective view of life assists the water bearer because there doesn’t appear to be a great investment in the opinions of others.

This type of orientation lends itself well to innovation and original thinking; the motivation to experiment, with higher hopes for discovery and fewer hangups in regard to social convention. In fact, if they had to make a clear cut choice, they would rather you be shocked than lulled to sleep by a milktoast meal of humdrum commonality.

Wearing the “mask” of the progressive, eccentricity is an article of clothing which is an essential part of the overall identity expression. Whether it’s reflected in your interests, vocation, appearance, or the books that you read, marching to the beat of your own drummer is “par for the course”.

People may see you as a futurist, change agent and visionary who’s concerned with social advancement even if it has to come in the package of provoking others thought processes in a manner which could be characterized as bizarre or erratic.

One of the largest lessons which Aquarius rising is here to teach us is : the UNTRIED can be just as TRUE. Sometimes, to set ourselves on an entirely new course is exactly what we need to shake the cobwebs off of a philosophy or outlook which has otherwise grown stale and moldy.

To those who insist on doing things the way they’ve always been done, Aquarian energy can be seen as disruptive or destabilizing. A proverbial “pulling the rug out from under” all that we think we’re sure about in regard to what constitutes “secure” structures within our lives.

You embody the unique arrangement and spirit of the rebel, weirdo, beatnik, revolutionary, eccentric, free spirit, reformer, anarchist, social activist, futurist and the mad scientist.

Sagittarius Sun, Leo Moon

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A radiant, life-affirming enthusiasm permeates this combination, “firing up” the self-presentation.

Embracing your need for recognition, validation and attracting the attention of others leads the way to having your philosophies and opinions respected. An intellectually sophisticated approach to demanding “center stage” is necessary.

Your life energy is ignited through releasing exploratory thought arrows within the vastness of the universe. You’re fueled by the joys of guiding and instructing, using a panoramic, all inclusive approach to inquiries of the mind.

This is reflected in a personality which possesses a need to display their authority with regal luster. It’s imperative that you beam brightly, if only in your chosen corner of the world. The question which this sun-moon combination produces is:

How will you use your light?

Will you blaze a path of understanding for others which broadens horizons and opens up new vistas of awareness?

Or, will you fancy yourself a “celebrity preacher”, developing a God complex ?

Understand that a grandiose sense of self-importance is distinctly different than honest appreciation of one’s divinity.

Infectious enthusiasm is one of your reigning strengths; an ace in the hole.

It’s vital for you to realize that the fervor you express when relaying your convictions has the power to move mountains. It also has the capacity to lead people into the metaphoric “jaws of doom”.

If you want the world to listen to what you have to say, proudly personifying the noble and lofty ideals you espouse is one of the best things that you can do.

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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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Developmental Lessons For Cancer

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“The struggle to learn to listen to and respect our own intuitive , inner promptings is the greatest challenge of all.”
-Herb Goldberg

For those born with the Sun in Cancer, one of your essential developmental tasks is striking a balance between your emotionally vivid inner life and your interactions with the larger world. Consciously using your shell as an introspective haven of rest and retreat until it’s time to spring into action and handle earthly affairs.

One of the challenges of this task is making sure that intellect is not compromised by overly subjective emotional reactions. Conversely, that the ability to feel and take heed to intuitive promptings is not muted in the name of pure logic.

Cancers must yield to the signals of the still small voice within . It cannot, nor should it be ignored. In fact, these”gut feelings” may serve as markers which can call attention to potential dangers when a course of action is being contemplated.

On the flip side, using your internal radar can possibly link you to opportunities which are extremely beneficial on a spiritual, physical and psychological level.

Cancer: Listen not only with your ears and your mind, but also with your heart.