Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon: “Revolutionary Warfare”

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For those with this Sun/Moon combination, a portion of your liberation rests in taking the risk that deviating from the norm isn’t, in itself, a negative concept. In fact, the word “deviance” is simply defined as :

“The fact or state of departing from usual or accepted standards.”

For you, it can’t be stressed enough, not to confuse equality with sameness.

Your internal dialogue needs no outward sources of motivation as there is always some type of “competition” to be better, and more of what you are attempting to push itself toward fruition.  The prescription for your growth comes embedded in the realization that the emotional need to battle or wage war must be constructively directed and connected to something that’s much larger than yourself.

Simultaneously, there’s the recognition that you’re nobody’s clone and a generous portion of your own flavoring must be added to all that you do. It will certainly prove helpful to analyze to what ends your rebellion serves. An honest assessment should guide you toward the tempering or intensification of your behavior. It’s worth remembering that there’s a fine line between one who skillfully questions societal convention with a definite purpose and strategy in mind and a “crackpot revolutionary”, who’s hell-bent on operating half-cocked just to prove she or he isn’t “like the rest of us.”

Being able to make the distinction between emotional engagement and emotional entanglement is a crucial step in your development. It’s essential to neutralize erroneous beliefs surrounding your ability to feel, and that feeling working to your advantage.

Passion and strength of conviction are specific and necessary instruments of power and reflectors needed in your personality to accomplish your work of radical change and emancipation of self and others.

Check out “Revolutionary Warfare” by Nas:

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The Function of Mercury in Partnership Astrology: ” He Said, She Said”

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When considering partnership Astrology and compatibility, I’ve always maintained that Mercury is a highly underrated planet.

It somehow gets lost in the shuffle. When many of us ask if we’re “compatible” with another individual, we seem to go straight to the Venus and Mars portion of the show, which would suggest the physical attraction,  links of passion, and the SEX.

However, upon further investigation into our relationships, we start to hear things like ; “He/She isn’t really talking about anything” or “I don’t understand how  He/She thinks.” Now, we’ve opened the door for Mercury.

In relationships (and generally) Mercury is the planet which symbolizes communication.  The “winged messenger” resides over the left brain logical processing of information, the classification of facts,  our analytical faculties and speech. The energy of Mercury is discriminating, as it reduces the whole to parts in order decipher meaning.

When two people get together, what they think about and the manner in which thoughts and ideas are processed can play a critical role in the functioning (or lack thereof) in the relationship. After all, communication is one of the primary ways in which we establish our connections with others.

 

If the placement of the two  individuals’ Mercury placements form a tense, or challenging relationship, they may be tested to see how flexible they are in understanding and accommodating the way the other thinks and processes things.

“I know you believe you understand what you think I said. But I ‘m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” (Source: “Meta-Talk”, by Gerald Nierenberg)

Yeah….. something like that…..

The harmonious, or free flowing alignment of Mercury between two people suggests an easy rapport. Someone that we feel at ease speaking with, and usually what we would call “like -minded”. There is a mutual interest in each other and a curiosity in regard to the subject matter that both people are presenting.

There’s also likely to be a mutual agreement on the concept of learning and exactly what part it plays in the every day experience of the two people. Whether they’re on one accord about the beauty of “youthful wonder” or the ease of ignoring social issues, there’s still an understanding.

In thinking about the part that Mercury plays in our relationships, we may want to continue to examine what type of partner may suit us intellectually.

What do we like to discuss? What qualifies as mental stimulation? What value do we place on the “life of the mind?” What have we found to be the most effective ways to communicate or connect with another human being?

The theme song for Mercury’s function in synastry is : Eric Lau and Guilty Simpson’s : “He Said, She Said”. You can listen here:

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Aries Sun, Virgo Moon : “Bravebird”

You’re a bravebird
Of the rarest kind
You may be one of the walking wounded
But still you fly
You’re a bravebird
You put yourself on the line
When you shared your secret with the world
You saved another mother’s child

 

Within this solar/lunar arsenal the message is clear: you can’t paralyze yourself by waiting for conditions to be “perfect” before you take action.  Your fuel is self-assertion and plunging yourself into experiences which illicit courage of the highest order. The only question is: will you accept the challenge?

The emotional need of the Virgo Moon is to clear out the cobwebs and eliminate any impediments to taking bold action and making an impact in the world. This includes taking risks which put your “comfort” on the line.

Essentially, to shine as a leader and pioneer you need to be acutely aware of what is and isn’t functioning properly.

With this combination, the head and the gut can work together as mutual informers. To make calculated and measured assessments is wise for you, but not to the point where  you talk yourself out of following through on your plans. It’s important that you realize that life holds no guarantees that your efforts will be justly rewarded or rewarded at all for that matter.

In the face of this knowledge, you have an opportunity to actively participate in life and say that you left it all on the playing field as opposed to being the “armchair quarterback” who critiques the moves and decisions of others , but because of fear, anxiety and a relentless inner critic never allows  her/himself to discover the stuff of which they’re truly made.

Roll the dice.

As an Aries Sun, Virgo Moon, Your theme song is Amel Larrieux’s “Bravebird”.  You can listen here:

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Pisces Sun, Libra Moon :”Everything Man”

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Within this combination, the need for personal refinement and gentility is wed with aspirations of merging with an entity greater than oneself through artistic endeavors.

Your energy for self-expression is collected in a private space. The inner life is of utmost importance. You’re constantly engaged in your lifetime homework of discovering the unifying cords which permeate our existence.

You have an emotional need to bring beauty into the world, but may struggle because of questioning whether your sense of aesthetic appreciation is acceptable to others. After all, establishing harmony and win-win situations is your forte.

Visionary ideals that are all inclusive inspire you. Personal relationships are viewed in the context of everyone’s membership in the human family. Quality associations with progressive, creative souls can provide invaluable assistance in connecting to your own spiritual power source.

To maintain your vitality, it’s essential that you look at your life as a blank canvas, painting lines and contours which reflect your unique worldview. Your highly developed sense of intuition can serve you as a guide.

Allowing yourself to become immersed in the “flow” of life while avoiding the trap of using your head or heart exclusively, promotes your equilibrium.

What you’re really trying to accomplish is to paint a clear portrait of whatever your inner landscape is at the time and offer it as a gift to the world.

It’s important to keep in mind that exploring your connection to life not only consists of cohesive factors, but also how you’re distinctly and decidedly YOURSELF.

Lack of concrete boundaries and an overfunctioning need for approval can emerge as your achilles heel if sufficient effort isn’t expended in cultivating a solid sense of identity.

There’s a difference between displaying fluidity, which helps you adapt to others, and neglecting your need for personal autonomy.

With this Sun/Moon combination, your theme song is Talib Kweli’s “Everything Man”. You can listen here:

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Pisces Sun, Pisces Moon : “Above The Clouds”

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The type of fuel that this individual operates on is connected to possibilities of the ideal world. Dissolving barriers between themselves and the all of existence. The life force is optimized by the interconnectedness of everyone and everything.

The personality has a reigning need to transcend the mundane, material world and live – as Gangstarr would put it: “Above the clouds”. They may feel as Amel Larrieux (Pisces Sun) puts it: “trapped being human.” Their work is largely in the intangible realms.

Victim Status: Cloudy, hazy thinking. Self deception. An unclear identity and lack of boundaries. The inability to distinguish where they end and another person begins. A refusal to face reality, or a creation of one designed to avoid discomfort.

Victor Status: The intuitive empath par excellence. The non-judgmental friend who seeks only to listen and understand. The wise one who doesn’t feel the need to explain the “logical” channels from which their information was obtained because they’re in touch with their inner wisdom.

Take a listen to Gang Starr’s “Above The Clouds” feat. Inspectah Deck

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The Moon, Pluto and “Good Will Hunting”: Vulnerability & Risk

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Most of us have seen the critically acclaimed 1997 film “Good Will Hunting”, which was directed by Gus Van Sant, starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard.

Damon, who plays the main character, Will Hunting, for which the film is named does a stunning job in portraying a 20 year old  troubled youth who have never left South Boston, a.k.a. “Southie”.

While Will’s physical circumference appears to be limited and tumultuous, his intellectual space is strikingly different, as he has an aptitude for solving some of the most complex mathematical equations in existence.

It could even be said that he possesses the capacity of a genius. Working as a janitor at M.I.T., Will finds his way into classrooms to “ghost-solve” these problems which are too difficult for other students to handle.

Early on in the film, it appears as if Will has gotten in his own way, as he’s being forced to make a series of difficult decisions as a result of a series of anger fueled actions. Namely, assaulting  a man who bullied him as a child.

In order to avoid jail time, he must decide if he’s going to accept the offer proposed by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Sharsgard). The deal is this: in exchange for no incarceration, Will has to see a therapist  and study math with the professor.

Eventually agreeing to the deal, Will goes on to perplex, frustrate and irritate the first few practitioners with whom he has contact.

Then, he meets Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).  therapist who is the former college roommate of  Dr. Lambeau and now a community college professor.

Let’s pause with the plot for a minute and bring the Moon and Pluto in….

Astrologically, the Moon symbolizes the contents of our emotional life. It’s what nourishes our hearts and ultimately brings us a deep sense on inner contentment and fulfillment. As one of the “lights” (along with the Astrological Sun), the Moon’s energy is connected to taking care of ourselves and others. It’s the Archetypal Mother, a.k.a. all of the instincts that we would universally associate with a Mother’s presence: our comfort, safety and general sense of well being.

Pluto symbolizes a myriad of processes. These processes are usually surrounded by upheaval of some kind in service of deep change, healing and eventual empowerment.

While “death” is frequently associated with Plutonian energy, and it CAN be on the physical plane, Pluto also has a powerful connection to metaphorical death. In order for us to grow, we must eliminate the old and the outworn. We must “kill of” the obsolete and useless parts of ourselves in order to create room for something new to be born (rebirth is also a Plutonian theme) which is more compatible with our current state of being.

There are many forms of individual Psychotherapy that are associated with Pluto, as the main focus is to bring hidden, buried or repressed (unconscious) material of the psyche to light. Making it conscious so that we’ll be able to direct our lives with a greater degree of awareness and responsibility. ultimately leading to a more authentic and satisfying existence.

Back to the plot…..

Will meets Sean and the first sessions are entirely unmemorable. Both Men are sitting in relative silence, waiting for time to elapse so they can get on with their lives. Very little information is shared.

Then…. something happens.

Typical of Pluto’s method of operation, it’s energy penetrates more than one sector of our lives, working on multiple fronts. When connected with the Moon, it can exhibit a purging quality which assists in attacking toxicity which is the result of deeply established and habitual emotional patterns.

One day, while in a session with Sean, Will listens to a story about giving up his ticket to game 6 of the 1975 World Series to “go see about a girl” who eventually became his wife. Unfortunately, she died of cancer at a later time and the way Sean speaks about her, it’s easy to tell that both the beauty of the relationship and the grief  associated from her death are still very much alive in his psyche.

Around the same time as the story is being told, Will has met Skylar (Minnie Driver), a British student who’s graduating from Harvard and planning on attending Graduate school at Stanford. Sean’s story encouraged Will to get to know Skylar and attempt to form what seems to be the semblance of a relationship.

As therapy moves on, both Will and Sean begin to slowly, but surely reveal more about themselves, both pushing back at one another. Sean refers to Will as a ” cocky,scared shitless kid”. He believes that Will’s genius has essentially come at the expense of being blocked from genuinely experiencing life on more than just a cerebral level. Conversely, Will accuses Sean, because of his wife’s death, of finding a “hiding place” from life, in a strikingly similar fear and shame based orientation, which won’t allow him to move on from being emotionally paralyzed from her memory.

Both Sean and Will are struggling to connect, but their fears and shame in regard to the situations from which they’ve come are posing both a challenge and a threat.  Therapist John Bradshaw says:

“Perhaps the greatest wound a shame-based person carries is the inability to be intimate in a relationship. This inability flows directly from out of the fundamental dishonesty at the core of toxic shame. To be a false self, always hiding and filled with secrets precludes the possibility of honesty in relationships.  And as I’ve suggested elsewhere, shame- based people always seek out relationships with shame-based people. Hockey players don’t usually hang out with professional bridge players. They don’t know each other’s rules. We tend to find those who play by the same rules.”

When I think about the combination of the Moon and Pluto in any aspect, but especially the “hard” ones (Square, Opposition, Conjunction), two words come to mind:

EMOTIONAL VULNERABILITY.

As we rewind back to Will’s relationship to Skylar, we realize that, at this point, he’s not only unwilling (and possibly unable) to be vulnerable with Sean, his therapist, but also with her. Will has been less than forthcoming about about his past, his friends and the environment he’s been immersed in. As it stands at this point in the film, Skylar is unable to convince Will that she loves him for the person he is. He makes mention that the truth, as he sees it, is that she really knows so little about him, and that he may just be some “experiment” or charity case that she can mention in a passing story to her “educated” friends sometime down the line.

Moon-Pluto contacts offer a wonderful opportunity for us to come into contact with the deeper parts of our emotional body. That which lies beneath the surface. However, there’s a price for admission into those realms.

The cost is usually related to allowing ourselves to be vulnerable enough to put our fears, guilt, shame and insecurities on display. While this can most certainly be done in a safe, intimate space, finding the space isn’t easy. Also, finding those that we TRUST enough to share in an experience of emotional release with can prove to be an even more daunting task. After all, there’s no guarantee of any “reward” in the sense of something being “given” to us because of our self-disclosure.

However, there’s a sense of self-affirmation that can be experienced. The feeling that we didn’t hold anything back, which most certainly contributes to our storehouse of wholeness.

One of the lessons here is: In order to heal, and deeply connect to another human being, it’s essential that we locate the root causes of our pain. If we want to be deeply known, we will have to place our depths on the line.

Our depths are not only what makes us feel afraid or uneasy, but also what brings a richness and intensity to our lives. They are gifts.

The ultimate questions center around how willing we are to explore the nether regions of our psyches and the extent of our courage when we find something that doesn’t sit well with our image that we would like to maintain of ourselves. We must resist disowning parts of ourselves that don’t live up to “ideal’ standards.

” As forms of energy, the disowned parts of us exert considerable influence on us. Shame-based people tend to be exhausted a lot of the time. They spend a lot of energy holding on to their false self-masks and hiding their disowned parts. I have compared it to keeping guard on hungry dogs. The repressed parts exert lots of pressure by forcing us to keep their opposites going.”

The work of Hal Stone and Sidra Winkleman suggests an approach to dealing with all of our “selves”. The underlying premise is:

ALL OF OUR PARTS ARE OKAY.

“Nothing could be more affirming and less shaming. Every aspect of every person is crucial for wholeness and completeness. There is no law which says that one part is better than another part. Our consciousness with its many selves needs to operate on principles of social equality and democracy.”

Not all stories have a happy ending. Fortunately, this film does. Sean and Will both share with each other that they were the victims of physical abuse as a child. Much of Will’s angst centered around internalized guilt and shame from thinking that HE was the problem, and that what what transpired was somehow HIS fault. Having traveled down the same path, Sean lovingly and repeatedly assured him: “IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.”

Through moments like these, Sean and Will are set on the Moon-Pluto path to healing from the shame that once bound them exclusively to the chains of anger and pain.

The film concludes with Sean deciding to take a sabbatical and travel the world and Will driving to California to “see about a girl”.

What’s your story going to be? How would yu like it to end?

References: [ Various “Good Will Hunting”  info from Wikipedia]

Quotes from: “Healing The Shame That Binds You.” by John Bradshaw

Pisces Sun, Taurus Moon : “Far Away From Here”

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is in Pisces and the Moon in Taurus, the fuel which provides stimulus for this person is that of spiritual liberation. Essentially, what motivates this individual is the desire to transcend the earthly plane and do creative work in the intangible and ethereal worlds. In fact, the human body can be viewed as a “prison” or trapping of sorts.

The Piscean potential for intuitive flow may allow them to just “know” that there’s more than meets the eye than this “gross and heavy reality” that’s being presented to us. This placement also suggests a capacity for highly developed empathy. When a person with a Pisces Sun says: “I feel you”, chances are: they really do. One of the best things about this is that it’s usually in a non-judgemental manner, seeking only to listen and understand.

The Taurus Moon uses the light of the Pisces Sun to form a personality whose emotional needs center around stability and security. Basically, this equals keeping things as they are and holding life’s surprises to a bare minimum. The Moon, when placed in Taurus suggests a capacity for sensual enjoyment of everyday, routine things. The lunar Taurean is nourished by what’s familiar to them.

For those with the solar/lunar blend of Pisces/Taurus, it certainly raises a few challenging questions: How can I do creative work that’s “otherworldly”, spiritual and transcendent and stay rooted to a semblance of familiarity? How can I enjoy the sensual pleasures of the body as my emotional needs require without becoming a slave to its importance?

On the underdeveloped side, the Pisces Sun’s fuel to move “far away from here” can resonate so strongly that the dangers of cloudy judgment exist. There may be an inclination to get “high” by any means, and in the boundless world of Pisces, nothing is off limits: drugs, alcohol, sex, fantasy, incessant television and anything which will provide an escape hatch.

Meanwhile, a potential downfall of the Taurus Moon has it’s roots in inertia. When unchecked, a natural gravitation toward the known has potential to morph into an extremely static and conservative approach to life. The line of thinking here is that life itself will somehow freeze if you do nothing differently in your individual world. However, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll see that day when you get up off the couch, look out the window and realize the world is passing you by.

A productive use of this Sun/Moon blend is grounded spirituality. Embracing the sense of awe and the creativity which comes with the recognition of life’s unity. This goes for ALL creatures great and small. To show gratitude in everyday mundane experiences.

While it may be nice to float off to the fifth dimension, you must know that rich and varied spiritual experiences can be had right here on the ground. Furthermore, your physical body is a vehicle and vessel to assist you in your earthly work- not your enemy. In order to maximize its use, it’s advised that you remove the prison bars from your mind. You can still get “far away from here” ON EARTH.

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Cancer The Crab: “Home Is Where The Heart Is”

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With the Sun or any personal planets in Cancer, your life energy is connected to “homeland security”.

This can be a physical dwelling or the “home” inside yourself which constitutes your inner radar and the deepest recesses of your being.

Typically, when Cancer is mentioned, there is an emphasis on family, but it needs to be stated that roots can be both biological and ideological in nature.

When we take a closer look at the crab, it all makes sense….

The crab is covered with a thick exoskeleton, also known as the hard shell that protects the body, and we surely can’t forget about the single pair of claws. This is in contrast to the soft interior which we don’t readily get to see.

Consider yourself to be fortunate if you get to experience the warmth and tender kindness contained within the heart of a Cancerian type.

There’s potential to  experience a soft attentive touch and have  your unspoken needs met. However, be sure to reciprocate.

It’s not that Cancer displays an intentional “moodiness”, but when they feel as if they’ve taken care of everyone else and it’s been unacknowledged, or there’s no reciprocation, that’s when the “claws” are most likely to manifest.  !!

Take a listen to Boog Brown’s “Detroit”, as she speaks about the city of her birth. Cancerian energy suggests roots and origins; the sentimentality of having a place to belong.

“Home is where the heart is regardless of how dark it is.”

 

Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon, Cancer Rising

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Heavy immersion in water.

In this combination, raw emotional honesty and the potential for self-healing, as well as facilitating healing in others is illuminated through merging with one’s deepest spiritual source and nurturing your unity with nature. Your cosmic package is surrounded by an acute sense of  self-protection from the dangers which exist through a need to connect with and belong to the human family. Your celestial makeup suggests identification with the pain and suffering as well as the bliss and elation of others.

Some valid questions that this sun/moon/rising combination brings forth are : What is the meaning of authentic personal power? What does it mean to be a wise handler of such power? In what ways does my awareness empower or retard my own healing?

You’re fueled by crisis situations which hold the promise of self-transformation. Your life force is stimulated through delving into the aspects of life which transcend a superficial experience in favor of a deeper existence. You may be perceived as dangerous or threatening by some because whether it’s intentional or not, there’s a penchant for investigation, which by proxy, digs up hidden undercurrents and brings them to the light. Often, people can feel “naked” or exposed in your presence if they’re only attempting to parade what they deem as being the best parts of themselves.

This astrological makeup calls for the deep examination of any inner turmoil which exists as a result of attempts to obsessively control information about oneself. You may feel as if the more you know, and others don’t, the more powerful you are.

While you’re nourished and fulfilled by a sense of connection to a spiritual source and unity with your fellow human beings, one of your challenges is how to go about simultaneously nurturing personal connection with acute insight which isn’t meant for the faint of heart and only well received by those with a similar emotional wavelength.

The dilemma which you face is similar to the one outlined in Chapter 2 of bell hooks’ book “Sisters of The Yam” entitled “Tongues of Fire”.

Hooks writes about how African-Americans confront issues of openness and honesty. The Scorpio Sun suggests that nothing else will do, while the Pisces Moon and Cancer Rising add a refinement which can smooth a cutting edge which keeps ears and hearts open. The author says:

“Often times, black folks find it easier to “tell it like it is” when we are angry, pissed and desire to use “the truth” as a weapon to wound others. In such cases, even though a speaker may be open and honest, their primary agenda may be to assert power over another person and hence use the practice of truth-telling to assault someone else’s psyche. That’s why this chapter attempts to distinguish between the harsh critiques we give one another, which may contain “truth”, and liberating truth-telling, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME.”

With all of this water going on in your chart, there’s no doubt that there’s a swirling of emotional undercurrents. You may have learned sometime in your life that using honesty to “shame” or humiliate another person is the best way to get them to do what you want. In fact, this may have happened to you and you’re merely imitating the very strategies which were impressed upon your mental and emotional body at an earlier time. It’s important that you examine if this is the case or not because your ability to facilitate healing in other people will be only as effective as your absolute honesty with yourself concerning the material that you’re still grappling with.

Amidst the sense of danger that you sometimes may feel, the “vehicle” which you’re equipped with to navigate the world is one which is designed to optimize emotional involvement, yet preserve a safe space for continuous introspection and self-care. When you’re able to understand how to create and maintain inner security, you’ll have a much better idea what constitutes a feeling of mental, spiritual and emotional well-being for others.

References: “Sisters of The Yam” : black women and self-recovery by bell hooks

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Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon, Scorpio Rising

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The drive for deep involvement and the seeking of emotional honesty in people and situations is the vehicle through which you navigate life. The lens through which you process experience is one with acute sensitivity to raw truth and undercurrents.

Simultaneously, this facilitates a serious need to develop and maintain your emotional integrity, i.e. being exactly about what you espouse. This entire dynamic is fueled by the alliances that you form with others, as you’re energized by relating in its most authentic sense.

In fact, the quality and state of your relationships at any given time is an accurate barometer of what you’re addressing or failing to confront within your own psyche. The gains that you witness regarding your ability to examine yourself objectively and without judgment will be directly reflective of the level of emotional maturity that you’ve reached.

Because you desire to live a life of depth and all that comes with it, this may require you to create a space within yourself that you visit when you feel that you’ve been wronged, disappointed or betrayed by others. This is your inner sanctuary where you process and then let go as to prevent toxic buildup of emotions.

You have no problem being “out front”, as this combination indicates strong purpose and a shrewdness which can prove to be strikingly effective in artfully managing or guiding others because you have a talent of recognizing underlying motivations as well as an eye on the practical.

Ideals illuminate your life and your strategic sense and social intelligence can certainly bring you far in meeting them. However, it’s advisable to understand the lengths you will or won’t go to achieve your aspirations, as an abuse of power and obtaining advantages by underhanded means is a disordered expression of this combination.

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