Planetary Portraits: Neptune In the 1st House : “The Dreamer”

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The Dreamer.

Yes, the world needs your inspired visions, and with Neptune located in the 1st house, it’s suggested that you can project a transcendental idealism forward for everyone to witness. In fact, you may wear it right on your sleeve.

With such a well-developed sensitivity, such a strong identification with the collective can be a double edged sword.

On the “pro” side, empathizing with others is second nature.

The capacity to emotionally absorb assists you in easily placing yourself in another’s shoes. As a “con” the potential is there for you to easily become so immersed in the issues of others that it stifles your creativity and drains you of your life force. Picture witnessing someone sinking in quicksand, you feel their pain, so you run to help. However, before you know it you’ve allowed that person to pull you right down in with them. Now, no one can prosper from the situation.

This placement suggests a presence that’s ethereal, for lack of a better word. Some could see you as an angel walking on two feet. Your openness to life and boundless imagination are resources which can assist you in developing the ability to poeticize life; to use symbolism to convey your hopes for a better world. You’re one of the people that we look to for lofty ideals and elevated concepts.

Your psychic openness must have some type of boundary, and remember: there’s just as much responsibility on YOU, as there is anyone else, for allowing your plentiful energy reservoirs to be tapped and depleted.

Boundaries are designed to protect life.

Dream on, and keep us all informed.

Your theme song is Common’s “The Dreamer” you can listen to it right here.

 

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Venus in Pisces : “Blurred Boundaries”

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As we explore the mystification that is Venus in Pisces, we do so with the understanding that Venus can’t be reduced or limited exclusively to “love” in one’s birth chart. There are far more associations which accompany the planet. However, for the purpose of this particular article, one’s idea of love, as viewed through the Venus in Pisces lens, will be emphasized.

For Venus in Pisces: love is boundless. Love is romantic. Love is imagination. Love is fantasy. Love is returning to the spiritual source. Love is not easily or clearly defined. Love is universal. Love is unconditional. Love is suffering. Love is sacrifice. Love is transcendence. Love is nirvana. Love is a sea of oceanic tranquility.

If you have this placement in your birth chart, the ways in which your societal existence has shaped your definition of what it means to love and be loved bears serious consideration. The question becomes:

“Who told me how I was supposed to feel when I was “in love”?

Venus in Pisces at its best suggests that love can be extended in a uniquely intimate way whose ingredients are unconditional acceptance, empathetic connection and captivating union. 

At it’s worst, self-deception via creating one’s version of reality despite concrete information (evidence) to the contrary and deletion of important details from one’s experience to avoid pain or discomfort can reign front and center.

This placement suggests that one can be fixated on ideals, and this lens contains its admixture of beauty and challenges.  Where Venus in Pisces is concerned, the Victim/Savior game can firmly plant its flag for as long as the hypnotic state of “love over everything” remains etched in one’s psyche.

An inclination to respond to the suffering of others without discrimination can easily lead to one’s own demise as one can only see the potential in another, rather than the infectious energy that’s contained in their state of peril. So while one thinks they’re “saving” someone else, they become so enveloped by the situation that their heart, and sometimes pocketbook is in dire straits when the smoke clears.

There’s a need to merge with a partner to feel a sense of ever-growing closeness. However, differences between individuals don’t have to be viewed as potential threats which will erode the cohesiveness of a relationship.

One of the key facets of the developmental potential of Venus in Pisces is gaining the ability to see oneself and ones partners (intimate or business) clearly.  Issues surface when there’s an insistence on thinking that always seeing someone at their best is a higher form of love than acceptance of human frailty and imperfection.

In addition, One of the challenges of the Venus in Pisces individual can not only be to assuage the disappointment when a loved one reveals themselves as a mere mortal, but to also confront a lack of compassion toward oneself , because of the sheer intensity of  effort that one has displayed in trying to live up to an unrealistic ideal of being the perfect partner, or “on” under all circumstances.

We now return to the question: “Who told me how I was supposed to feel when I was “in love”?

With Venus in Pisces, one can be particularly sensitive and impressionable toward subliminal messages of what love is supposed to be about. Music, movies, advertisements and a host of other outlets can have significant influence.

In its constructive sense, this provides a host of imaginative and creative outlets to build upon an ever expanding mosaic of human feeling. In it’s maladaptive state, these messages are swallowed up with no filter whatsoever and the conclusion is reached that if you don’t have butterflies in your stomach, can’t eat and sleep without another person and aren’t thinking about them 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, it must not be love.

Concerning the concept and feeling of interconnectedness that’s suggested by Venus in  Pisces, there can be the misconception that everyone shares the same ideals where love and relationships are concerned.

One of the larger lessons here is: establishing reasonable limits and boundaries between partners in no way takes away from the “magic” of a relationship. When it comes to the significant dimensions of relationships, solid definitions  can actually ENHANCE the enchanting dynamic that you’re seeking to keep alive.

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Venus in Scorpio: “Removing the Mask”

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As we explore the labyrinth that is Venus in Scorpio, we do so with the understanding that Venus can’t be reduced or limited exclusively to “love” in one’s birth chart. There are far more associations which accompany the planet. However, for the purpose of this particular article, one’s idea of love, as viewed through the Venus in Scorpio lens, will be emphasized.

For Venus in Scorpio, Love is depth. Love is emotional, psychic and physical nudity. Love is all of the cards on the table. Love is knowing each other as fully as possible. Love is secrets just between the two of you. Love is the exploration of taboos.

Love is about removing the mask.

For those who have Venus in Scorpio as a natal placement, you may feel misunderstood at large, because as a general population, we don’t value depth of interaction. Generally, we “eat up” most things sold to us without too much scrutiny.

Because the average individual isn’t into penetrating the veil of people and things (which is an attitude you despise), you tend to get an instant, and triggering label (which is trite to boot) slapped on you such as “crazy” or “psycho” without any investigation of  what your motivations or needs are in relationships.

For you, a large part of  interactions are centered around the wise and strategic expenditure of resources.  After all, your time and energy belong to you and aren’t to be played with or carelessly dispensed in several directions, thus weakening your passion and commitment. Your engagement with others is best expressed in FOCUS.

Often, a loathsome and unsettling feeling creeps in that keeps you on edge. It’s the one which says that there are very few people able to operate on the same level of intensity, and it could easily morph into self-induced damnation if one isn’t careful to check it at the door and find a suitable outlet for it to breathe.

There can be a reticence toward entering into serious partnership, not because one isn’t capable, but rather seeking surety that the other is absolutely committed to the raw intimacy that you crave.

For Venus in Scorpio folks, love is defined as the stripping down of defenses and pretenses. To accept what’s buried, no matter its condition, is something that you need in order to feel fulfilled. There needs to be the feeling that one is loving the REAL person, warts and all . Otherwise, it’s tepid and artificial.

The type of relationship dynamics which you seek are those which kill what’s detrimental to the flourishing of the union. This consists of the removal of all that isn’t infused with complete emotional honesty.

What needs to be remembered by Venus in Scorpio folks is: the type of bond that you seek isn’t a one way proposition. “All or nothing” doesn’t mean ALL from them and NOTHING from you. This isn’t a case where you ferret out your partner’s very thought and emotion like a detective, while simultaneously remaining a padlocked vault.

To use this placement effectively, you must summon the giving power of Venus, which means that you can choose to offer the vulnerability that you fiercely guard and protect as the ultimate gift to another human being. If it will help you, you can even make it a point to remind the other than most people don’t even get a look at that side of you.

For the fulfillment of your potential, this is a risk that must be taken at some juncture in your relationships. In accepting this instruction, please understand that it can’t and won’t be “nice and neat” like a 30 minute family sitcom where the loose ends are tied up before your dinner gets out of the oven. You may experience hurt feelings, betrayal, and emotions which surprise you and activate a heightened state of self-scrutiny.

However, if you’re willing to take such a leap, you give yourself the chance to offer and experience the transformative power of love. And, there’s nothing like betting on yourself.

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Taurus Sun, Scorpio Moon : “It’s Magic”

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You have the potential to be a “practical magician”. The pep in your step and the glide in your stride is maintained through the continuous creation and attraction of beauty via the skillful utilization of your senses.

For you, there’s a certain comfort in familiarity, but it need not be to the point of stagnation or inertia. Keep in mind that your ultimate desire and nourishment lies in plumbing the depths and mysteries of the human heart and psyche.

Think “butterflies and demons”… yeah – that’s the visual. When you face your own monsters, you’re able to harness an inner peace akin to these picturesque, free flying and tranquil creatures. Your life unfolds as a continuous navigation between “face value” and unearthing the jewels contained in the mystical underworld of human refuse.

Through the incessant investigation of your innermost regions, a certain strength can emerge. A steadiness of character with a rock solid framework, who’s open to building wealth in all dimensions: mental, economic, emotional and spiritual. You may even discover that in one way or another, you stand to gain materially through your desire to discover what makes others tick.

Successful navigation of this blend allows you to simultaneously understand the basic desires of others as well as instinctively tune into deeper motivations, and WOE to those who cast you off as a “simpleton” without psychological sophistication.

Although you may display the facial expressions of an immovable object, below the surface, intensity boils and passion pulsates. You have a knack for recognizing worth which transcends dollars and cents.

For those with this blend, your theme song is : “It’s Magic” by Diamond D featuring Evidence and Alchemist. You can listen right here:

Leo Sun, Cancer Moon : “Royalty Capes”

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One of your foremost life lessons is this:

To radiate your exuberant life energy, it’s a necessity that you be secure within yourself and surroundings. A firm foundation, whether operating through connection to biological family, supportive friends or a spiritual connection to your ancestral lineage is essential to your ability to creatively express the uniqueness that is YOU.

With this Sun/Moon combination, there’s a potential for both of the “lights” or luminaries to operate at their fullest capacity: shining and reflecting. This blend suggests the potential to hold a large vision for yourself while simultaneously fostering and nurturing growth in others you’re close to.

You thrive on intimate connections. Not only one on one, but also with the world at large on the stage of public attention. Sooner or later, you’ll have to balance the need for inward seeking solitude and being outwardly celebrated.

Love, peace and happiness  could very well describe your life’s motto:

Love for yourself and the authentic person you’re unfolding into, peace of mind and heart knowing that you’re emotionally secure and there’s no looming threat in your life which wreaks havoc on your vulnerability, and happiness with the manner in which you’re able to play, enjoy life and express your creative gifts.

These are coded instructions for your fulfillment.

With their use, you could very well find an optimal way of operating which aligns beautifully with your aspirations.

For those with this Sun/Moon blend, your theme song is: “Royalty Capes” by De La Soul. You can listen to it here:

Sagittarius Sun, Leo Moon : “Truth Be Told”

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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.

If you have a Sagittarius Sun and Leo moon, your theme song is :” Truth Be Told” bu Guilty Simpson and Apollo Brown. You can listen here:

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Libra Sun, Pisces Moon : “Beautiful”

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Within this combination, social and creative intelligence form an iron clad coalition. Merging oneself with the intangible realms of life via artistic channels of self-reflection is the gateway to balancing one’s identity. This sun-moon blend suggests that to feel “alive” and maintain vitality, one’s concerns should be directed toward the development of intuition and interpersonal savvy.

You shine in the realm of being interested in others and it reflects through a personality which holds peace and idealism in high esteem.

With aesthetic sensitivity and creative imagination as your handmaidens, people feel understood intellectually as well as emotionally in your presence. It’s as if you’ve slid right under your skin and started gently peeling away at the inner layers.

As a result of your tremendous fluency in the languages of the head and heart, your challenge will be to maintain who you are without becoming submerged in the “skin” of others.

Objectivity and empathy can serve you consistently as strengths if you can listen with an open heart and seek to understand, resisting the inclination to provide unsolicited evaluations.

Seek to sincerely connect in order to open the pathway to deeper. more meaningful dialogue with others.

In the sphere of intimate relationships, there’s an emphasis on granting wishes and fulfilling fantasies.

To have your love feeling “full” in mind, heart and spirit is the goal, along with idealistic hopes that an unspoken reciprocation will be soon to follow.

You will no doubt be faced with the dilemma of how to keep your union “polished” when the luster inevitably fades; of stoking the fire when the heat dissipates. Have confidence in your enormous charm, mammoth imagination and your capacity to meet one halfway and they will not fail you.

With this Sun/Moon combo, your theme music is “Beautiful” by DJ Premier. You can listen right here:

 

Cancer Sun, Taurus Moon : “Home”

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Cancer and the Moon in Taurus, the core life energy which stimulates the person is tied to emotional intimacy and security.

The Sun placed in Cancer suggests the importance of connecting and influencing others on an emotional level as well as establishing or belonging to a “tribe” or “clan” of sorts. While “family” is also another term which can be used, it must be made clear that family can be biological or ideological in nature. Much of Cancerian energy is oriented toward nurturing. In other words, assisting in the growth and development of people or things.

The Sun’s placement in Cancer suggests a highly developed intuition and “EQ” or emotional intelligence which helps them to foster bonds of intimacy with others.

The Taurus Moon uses the Sun’s light to reflect a personality whose needs are to maintain things are in hopes of building more stability. There’s a reigning emotional need to remain “solid as a rock” The Taurus Moon’s placement suggests that the individual may be nourished by hopes of creating a structure of lasting value.

When an individual with this Sun-Moon blend is operating dysfunctionally, emotional and operational inertia are at center stage. There’s major difficulty with freeing oneself from obsolete patterns of sentiment and mind numbing daily routines.

It’s as if they’re going in circles, choosing to consistently FEEL and DO the same things over and over again. A constructive use of this blend is using the fuel of emotional depth and a rich feeling life as a tool for inner exploration to curb patterns of personal rigidity.

If you have a this combination, your theme song is “Home” by Illa J. You can listen here:

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Gemini Sun, Virgo Moon : “The Vocab”

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One of the questions which this Sun/Moon combination produces is: “how are you going to use ALL of the information you’ve been gathering?”

Here, we have “mutable madness” in all of its glory.

Learning is your lifeblood. Analytic conceptions and the processing and refinement of data seem to come as second nature, but for what purposes?

You have an emotional need to serve humanity and make things better. More than anything, you want to leave things better than you found them. Practicality is an ever present theme for you and utility is embedded in your psyche.

You’re not satisfied to live “1 year 10 times over”, you would much rather have 10 years of rich and varied experiences which add to the kaleidoscope which is your unique creation.

To become paralyzed in perpetual preparation can be your dysfunction. Thinking that conditions have to be perfect before you take any action. It’s important that you don’t become frozen because of unrealistic intellectual expectations.

Your theme song is “Vocab” by the Fugees. You can listen to it here:

Scorpio Sun, Scorpio Moon : “The Best Secret”

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In a birth chart, when the Sun and Moon are located in the same sign, the core needs of the personality reflect an energy similar to what stimulates the individuals life force.

We usually call people who possess this combination “doubles”.

In your birth chart, If the Sun and Moon are both located in Scorpio , you’re a double Scorpio.

This Scorpio Sun-Moon blend suggests that this person’s fuel consists of exercising self-control and depth relations with others through knowledge and information, using it as a weapon both to capitalize on and maximize life situations, as well as to avoid being taken advantage of.

There’s an amazing quality of self-protection insinuated by this Sun-Moon combination.

In addition, the desire to know others at their deepest levels, solving life’s mysteries, and unearthing what’s hidden below the surface, no matter how unpleasant it may be, is highly pronounced.

The main motives? Transformation of self and others.

The Scorpio Moon reflects a personality who needs to be significant and penetrativethereby having an emotional effect on others. Like the Scorpion’s sting, the lunar Scorpio strives to release it’s psychological potency for the sake of healing through intense interactions.

There’s a tremendous amount of passion associated with this Sun-Moon blend, and typical Astrology seems to immediately point to Scorpio’s reputation as a SEX crazed maniac, but reality says that this hunger for emotional depth has the capacity to be channeled in countless directions.

One of the reasons for Scorpio’s highly sexual reputation is because they crave intimate contact with others at such a powerful level. However sex and intimacy are not always synonymous.

Using this combination constructively, one finds and entity which is greater than the self and is able to pursue it with unstoppable fervor , finding their life’s “healthy obsession“.

Ideally, this pursuit transforms the person through exposure to the deepest, gut-level truth which aligns with his/her intuition. The concern here is instinctive reality rather than social niceties.

The dysfunctional version of this Sun-Moon blend can manifest behaviorally as an individual who has the “I’ll get you, before you get me” mentality. Someone who strives to control their environment as a result of their inner turmoil and paranoia. There can be the wariness of a wounded animal when it comes to trusting the world. Sensible self-protection has now turned into an impenetrable fortress.

For this combination to operate efficiently, there must be the reciprocity of  “emotional and psychological nakedness”. It’s highly unrealistic for one to expect others to reveal their inner most selves while the Solar/Lunar Scorpion sits as the listener and observer.

They too, must experience the vulnerability which comes with being undressed. Staring out of the peephole and never leaving one’s emotional comfort zone will rarely provide the fuel or sustenance this combination requires.

If you’re a double Scorpio, your theme song is : “The Best Secret” by Pete Rock featuring Lords of the Underground.

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