Taurus Sun, Capricorn Moon

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When a Taurus Sun and Capricorn Moon team up in an individual birth chart there’s a definite suggestion of being grounded in reality.  The world which is most “alive” to these sun/moon natives is one of the senses. There’s a solid thrust of material appreciation and administrative know how and practical application are the prescription for one’s well being.

The type of fuel this person needs to ensure their vitality contains a sense of value in life. To feel comfortable about what spiritual and material resources are worth. To be able to effectively measure the effectiveness of the input/output cycle and also enjoy the pleasures of the body all at the same time.

As status is gained, comfort increases.

The solar light of Taurus is reflected by a Capricorn Moon, which comes in the personality packaging of someone who has a need for integrity; to be undivided. They’re nourished when what they think, say and do is rarely at variance.

Not only is their personal satisfaction and fulfillment gained, but there’s a longer term strategy and vision to serve as a model for others when it comes to that sphere of life.

One of the most constructive expressions of this sun/moon combination is planning and strategizing, charting one’s progress every step of the way. Realizing that although the steps may be less swift, they’re more permanent and built on a solid foundation. To exhibit patience and the willingness to delay short term gratification for the eventual honor and prestige that’s sure to result from discipline and heady calculation.

When operating dysfunctionally, there’s an intense challenge for balance in this combination.

There’s either a “nose to the grindstone” over-work ethic filled with ruthless ambition or ultra-relaxed borderline slothful periods of rest and wallowing in creature comforts. Fully starched in business attire or butt naked watching american idol.

Those with this combination must remember that our achievements don’t really mean as much if we don’t take the time out to actually enjoy them. Our celebration doesn’t have to come in isolation either, it can exist with those with whom we share mutual caring and support; those who we love and trust.

It’s through those interactions that you will continue to summon the strength to be the rock of integrity which serves as the blueprint for future generations.

That’s a reality well worth pursuing.

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Sun in the 5th House : “7/11”

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“Man this here like rollin’ dice, man this here like rollin’ dice, Seven eleven, seven eleven, seven twice, man seven twice” – Beyoncé

In Astrology, the 5th house is the domain which we wish to fully experience ourselves and revel in the pleasures of life. Because this is the case, there is automatically an element of risk and speculation involved. After all, there’s an adrenaline rush when we engage in games of chance.

With the Sun’s rulership present, there’s a natural urge to actualize ourselves and this is intensified even more when the Sun is present here as an occupant. Furthermore, it feels “comfortable” because it’s right at home.

So, what do we do when we’re at home?

We let our hair down and present as much as our natural selves as possible.

Your 5th house Sun placement is about consciously choosing to engage in things which bring you life, joy and vitality. When your life isn’t an authentic reflection of who you are this can lead to emotional, physical and psychological difficulties because your outlet for creative self-expression is somehow blocked.

It does anyone well who has this placement to consider what artistic endeavors they may be drawn to, both in the professional sense and as a hobbyist, so they may make an effort to incorporate elements of those areas of passion into their life.

All types of entertainment and places associated with it fall under the 5th house domain: sporting events, resorts, gymnasiums, horse-racing or betting on sport, lotteries and all forms of gambling and speculation which is performed for amusement or with the intention of trusting to luck.

With a 5th house Sun, you have a wonderful canvas to work with because the calling from the cosmos is that you continually expand your definition of creativity and become more and more of what you are. There’s no doubt that your celestial instructions are pushing you toward being fully engaged and alive.

If you maintain a healthy attitude about spontaneity and  experimentation  you can REALLY have some fun.

One’s sexual expression is also associated with the 5th house, and this isn’t limited to the ACT of sex itself. I’ll propose that the same components which we assign to what “great sex” is all about, need to find a “voice” in our own way of being and be heard in whatever ways we can summon. The key is that we must give this facet of ourselves room to breathe in a constructive manner.

For anyone who has their Sun located in the 5th house, your theme music is : “7/11” by Beyoncé . You can listen here:

References:  “The Twelve Houses: An Introduction to the Houses in Astrological Interpretation” by Howard Sasportas

“The Houses: Temples of the Sky” by Deborah Houlding

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Mercury-Saturn Aspects : “I Ain’t No Joke”

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When our intellectual faculties, as symbolized by the planet Mercury, team up with the taskmaster, represented by Saturn, the potential result is a serious and methodical mind.

If you have mercury-saturn contacts in your birth chart, you have the opportunity to become an intellectual adept.

Blending the mercurial curiosity and inquisitiveness with  “saturnesque” discipline, steadiness and depth.  However, you must earn this through hard work and earnest effort.

Your brain isn’t designed to be lightweight, that’s for sure.

Constructive, practical thought serves as your ally, and your ultimate desire is to see your mental creations manifest in concrete form.

Water cooler conversations probably aren’t something that you look forward to. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to make the effort to engage in some “small talk” in order to loosen you up a bit. Besides, a good laugh never hurt anyone. And don’t worry, you’ll still be able to keep your credibility in tact.

Remember that you’re an extremely competent individual and prepare yourself to offer your thorough insights with no hesitation.

Your clear headed focus and immense powers of concentration are indeed, no joke.

Your theme song is “I Ain’t No Joke” by Eric B. & Rakim. You can listen to it here:

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Developmental Lessons For Leo : Authentic Self-Esteem

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Leo energy suggests an inclination toward gaining notice from others and being appreciated for being irreplaceable. 
The validation of one’s identity for being  unique is a central theme.
Planets placed in Leo suggest fulfillment through finding a creative channel as to express distinctly creative gifts to the world at large. Often, the word ‘validation’ gets distorted.  A dangerously inaccurate picture of a person seeking approval from anyone they can find can be developed if we’re not careful. On some level, we all need affirmation that who we are is okay. No woman or man is an island.
To a greater or lesser degree,  we all depend on others to provide this “feedback” to us .The importance of maximizing Leo placements comes with knowing how much weight to assign to the praise or criticism of other people.
There are potentially two extremes here : denying our needs to be affirmed, cherished, recognized and appreciated altogether- or living for the limelight and the lavish praise at the exception of almost everything else. It’s important to find a balance here.Neither of these extremes are healthy in order to produce the type of self-esteem that we need to be a human being that functions at optimum level.
  In his book “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”, Nathaniel Branden  refers to Self-Esteem as the “immune system of consciousness” and goes on to say that it’s one of the realities that we can’t avoid. WE NEED IT. We can’t be indifferent to our self-evaluation
Branden goes on to give a more elaborate definition:

Self-esteem, fully realized, is the experience that we are appropriate to life and the requirements of life. More specifically, self-esteem is:

1. Confidence in our ability to think, confidence in our ability to cope with the basic challenges of life.

2. Confidence in our right to be successful and happy, the feeling of being worthy, deserving, entitled to assert our needs and wants, achieve our values and enjoy the fruits of our efforts.

One of the grand themes for Leo is being able to make the make the distinction between authentic and pseudo self-esteem.

The Leo archetype is bold and fiery. It WANTS to be NOTICED. We must remove the notions from our minds that there’s  something inherently “wrong” with this.

I would say that it’s more about what you want to be noticed FOR. In this society, we somehow place more value on the sentiment of wanting to be meek and humble and wait for our rewards some distant day in the future. Thinking that the world will be kind enough to notice us. This may or may NOT happen.

The honorable Marcus Garvey,(Sun in Leo) said it so eloquently:

“We, because of our peculiar understanding in life, have accepted the strange, and often dangerous idea that to be meek and humble is to merit God’s blessing. To the contrary, to be meek and humble is to merit God’s curse.”

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The food for thought here is that  possessing GENUINE confidence doesn’t require refusal to acknowledge the abundance that life has bestowed on us. It’s more of an inner recognition of the certainty of our ability to carve out our place in the world.

What’s our measuring stick or navigating tool for deciphering how close we are to possessing authentic self-esteem?

Nathaniel Branden lays down some markers well worth considering in his acclaimed book “The Psychology of Self Esteem”

“But a healthy self esteem gives a man an inestimable weapon in dealing with errors: since his own value and the efficacy of his mind are not in doubt, since he does not feel that reality is his enemy, he is free to bring the full of his intellectual powers and knowledge to the task of identifying facts and dealing with problems. The foundation of his consciousness is secure, so to speak.”

“An individual who develops healthily derives intense pleasure from the work of his mind, from the achievements which that work makes possible. Feeling confident of his ability to deal with the facts of reality , he will want a challenging, effortful, creative existence. Creativeness will be his highest love, whatever his level of intelligence.

“Feeling confident in his own value, he/she will be drawn to self-esteem in others; what he will desire most in human relationships is the opportunity to feel admiration; he will want to find men/women and achievements he can respect , that will give him the pleasure which his own character and achievements can offer others.”

“In the psychology of a man  or woman of authentic self-value, there is no clash between the recognition of the facts of reality and the preservation of his/her self-esteem- since (s)he bases his/her self-esteem on his/her determination to know and act in accordance with the facts of reality as (s)he understands them.”

On the flip side, we have the counterfeit version of self-esteem:

“Pseudo self-esteem, an irrational pretense at self-value, is a non rational, self-protective device to diminish anxiety and to provide a spurious sense of security- to assuage a need for authentic self-esteem while allowing the real causes of its lack to be evaded.”

” A man’s pseudo- self esteem is maintained by two means, essentially: by evading, repressing, rationalizing and otherwise denying ideas and feelings that could affect his self-appraisal adversely; and by seeking to derive his sense of efficacy and worth from something other than rationality, some alternative value or virtue which he experiences as less demanding or more easily attainable such as “doing ones duty”, or being stoical or altruistic or financially successful or sexually attractive.”

“To the man of pseudo self-esteem, reality appears as a threat, as an enemy; he feels, in effect, that it’s reality OR his self-esteem-since his pretense at self-esteem is purchased at the price of evasion, of entrenched areas of blindness, of cognitive self-censorship.”

The choice is essentially ours on how we use any particular sign and planetary energies.

Planetary placements in Leo are ripe for examining issues within which propel us toward, or inhibit us from becoming more of our authentic selves.

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Capricorn Sun, Cancer Moon, Scorpio Rising

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The fuel which motivates you is centered around recognition for being a model for strength and self-containment. Nothing would serve you better than to have your thoughts, words and deeds to align – giving life to you as a whole person.  Serving as a model for integrity illuminates your life force, and your truly able to shine when you feel you’ve gained emotional and domestic security.

To be able to form intimate bonds with others and exercise your innate talents for listening response and unconditional acceptance feeds your soul because you filter your experiences as someone who wants to dig deep in life and see everything from the sacred to the profane. Skating on the surface doesn’t appeal to you. However, emotional nakedness and crisis do. In a pinch, you’re the one who can be counted on to be a guide through tumultuous terrain.

To realize the importance of self-revelation is part of your life’s work. Although you have the potential to be a rock for others to lean on, you also require  a rather large outlet for your feelings. You can master “inflow” and “outflow” if you’re patient with yourself and understand the necessity of solitude as a tool for the recharging of your battery.

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The Zodiac Signs: 12 Developmental Paths

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For most of us, the art of Astrology has been simplified into a few “keywords” which describe personality or behavioral characteristics for each sign.

We’ve dug into Cosmo’s “Bedside Astrologer” or read Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs” and discovered valuable information in regard to how our signs operate in many different facets of life. So, we’ve learned how sexy Scorpio’s are, but never to cross them. Or, that your Cancer woman will have the house in order and dinner on the table at 6 pm. Even to never trust a Sagittarian with a secret, or to exercise extreme caution against allowing a Leo to borrow your mirror.

While all of these anecdotes have their place, it can become very deductive and limiting to human beings whose main focus consists of self-actualization and evolution. Our Sun signs are not only descriptive in the way that they offer insight into character, but they also represent twelve different paths of evolution and development.

Ladies and gentleman: your birthchart is not a mistake. Yes, we want to trade in our 12th house planets or our Moon in Capricorn, but these placements were bestowed upon us for a reason. Our charts are like a celestial toolbox. Given the situation, we need to be able to pull out the correct instrument. Life would be pretty tough if we looked in our containers and all we had was a set of twelve Ginsu knives when all we need is a hammer for that pesky nail. Our Sun represent the “skin” that we are growing into in this lifetime. The sign that we were given represents the most effective method, style or path of growth and development.

If your Sun is in Aries, you’re walking the path of the warrior. Initiating and acting courageously. Sometimes you have to embark on your journey alone. However, you’re flexing muscles that you never even knew you had. It’s not that warriors never become afraid; they just don’t allow this temporary fear from paralyzing their ability to take effective, decisive action. As an Aries Sun, you are straying from your path when you become too impulsive, acting in a “knee jerk” manner without thinking. Or, you fail to realize that the most intense competition will always be internal.

With the Sun in Taurus, you’re on the path of the builder. Stable and grounded. Using your common sense. Developing persistence to solidify and maintain a structure which “works”. Knowing that slow and steady wins the race and accuracy can never be sacrificed for speed. You have strayed from the builder’s path when you become too rigid. Using familiarity as a crutch
instead of a foundation. Making assessments of value based on how much “discomfort” or change will be involved.

If your Sun is in Gemini, you’re walking the path of the informer. The skin that you must grow into is that of a distributor of valuable information to humanity. You must “get the word” out and use a wide variety of communication methods. Network, make connections and become a “jack
of all trades”. Versatility is your middle name. The title of “eternal student” is your birthright. Your curiosity serves as a guide to keep you open to fresh ideas and perspectives. You have strayed from this path when substance regresses to gossip, trivia and idle chatter. Or, when your connections, become lost in ultra breezy superficiality. When you become compulsively addicted to skating on the surface of life because it’s so “fun”, it may be time for a self-check.

With the Sun in Cancer,  you’re on the path of the protector. Instinctively knowing what to do to make those around you most comfortable. Calming, soothing and nurturing. Letting those that you love and care about deeply know that you have their back. Creating a “safe space” for them to return to whenever they require such care. Embracing your family, whether biological or ideological and supporting your race, country and tribe. You’ve strayed from the path when the “itis” of nostalgia overrides the ability to be objective. When you become obsessed with the past and cranky because you’ve forgotten to create the same secure haven for yourself as you
have for others.

If your Sun is in Leo, you’re walking the path of the performer. Lights, camera and action. It’s time for you to shine. There is a deeply ingrained “star quality” bursting at the seams to be released. The skin that life is calling for you to grow into consists of maximizing your powers of self expression and allowing the world to stand up and take notice of who you truly are. Choosing to enjoy life in a playful and childlike manner. Exercising your sense of wonderment while maintaining a fundamental internal dignity. You stray from the path when you can no longer distinguish your true self from the “roles” that you’re playing. When you become compulsively addicted to praise and approval and your need for external stimuli has reached an all time high and you have to google “introspection.”

With the Sun in Virgo, you’re on the path of the perfectionist. You excel at being able to view the whole and dissect the parts. Amazingly adept at separating the genuine from a” fugazi”, you’re being called to step into any situation and use your powers of observation and analysis and improve the status. You stray from your path when others become “fix it” projects. Or, when you become self critical because you’re so obsessed with what you’re not, or what you “should be” instead of using your energy to actually become that.

If your Sun is in Libra, you’re walking the path of the moderator. You’re a natural at building bridges and alliances. Always appearing in your best light. The ultimate diplomat and “representative.” Charm and grace will never be strangers to your door. You possess extraordinary and refined aesthetic taste.Your’re being called to serve as a artistic authority in whatever area of life that you choose. You stray from your path when you become a chronic ‘fence sitter” when it’s time to choose sides. Or, when an unpleasant truth is necessary and you become too much of a “TACT-ician” instead of offering valuable assistance.

With the Sun in Scorpio, you’re on the path of the healer. Innately equipped for heavy, intense emotional experience. You eat realities for breakfast that would make the hardest thugs crawl up in a corner with a baby bottle. You’ve been through the trials of fire and have emerged reborn and ready to school these mere mortals on “transformation 101”. Life is calling you to fly at your highest heights because you’re well versed in the lowest depths.You stray from your path when you use your piercing insight to sting, manipulate or indulge in power games or emotional blackmail. When you use knowledge to “devour” rather than feed others.

If your Sun is in Sagittarius, you’re walking the path of the wise teacher. You are the embodiment of a true “Renaissance Man” or Woman. Your eclectic telescopic worldview is something to behold. Well-traveled and thirsty for all of the knowledge and experience that life has to offer, you turn expansion into an art form. Your guru-like ability to see the wholeness of life and the big picture deserves a round of applause that would make your Leo cousins blush. However,  you stray from your path when you think you have the copyright on truth. Yeah, you just know it all, don’t you? Well, let’s talk with your friends who paid for your bail. Or, your cousin who wired that money to Vegas so you could get back home to be at work on Monday morning. Dogmatism should not be your forte. Yes, Sadge you can get off your soapbox now.

With the Sun in Capricorn, you’re on the path of the achiever. You have a natural gift for organization which allows you maximum productivity. Because of your capacity for discipline and restraint, getting work done has never been an issue. In fact, you assume a natural executive like authority that makes it extremely easy to respect you. You are being called to embody timeless principles which are revealed in your outward status and success. The skin
you’re supposed to grow into is that of one who produces a tangible product that is worthy of his or her ambitions. You’re deviating from your path when you allow yourself to become cold, controlling and unfeeling in order to become “somebody” in the eyes of society. So, you’ve climbed that mountain and reached the pinnacle. Sadly, you’re all alone. Where did all the “slackers” go?

If your Sun is in Aquarius, you’re walking the path of the revolutionary. You’re being called to shake humanity out of their comfort zones. It’s you who needs to pose the questions regarding if people think and act the way they do because of societal dictates. Testing others and reminding them that walking familial, racial, political and social “party” lines can be poisonous to their mental health and registers at “rock bottom” on their freedom meter. Your skin is that of the catalyst and reformer. Forming perspectives to liberate those stuck in a proverbial rut. You’ve strayed from the path when true change becomes a novelty and you advocate being different just for the hell of it. When you’ve become a slave to rebellion and can’t recognize that your bondage is just as problematic as the person who’s constrained by the chains of convention.

With the Sun in Pisces, you’re on the path of the mystic. There is an ethereal quality that colors your aura so richly that when people ask you where your from, they’re not expecting to receive your answer in the form of a city, state or country. You have access to realms of the mind and spirit that most of us can only read or speculate about. Highly intuitive, you’re being called to be “above the clouds”. Your skin is comprised of exercising your gifts in selfless service to humanity and checking your ego at the door. Through your super powers of imagination and visualization, you can create in solid form. Dreams and symbols are as comfortable to you as that old faithful pair of slippers. You stray from your path when the world you create is mired in deception, haziness and smokescreens. When you choose to be the victim rather than the victor and use your fingers exclusively as pointing instruments in order to relinquish ownership for negative situations which are clearly of your own making.

 

Gemini Sun, Leo Moon

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You can call me anything you want, except boring or ordinary.”

– Some Gemini Sun with a Leo Moon

With this Solar/Lunar blend, you should be counting all of the ways which reveal your versatility as a human being. There’s a pride factor attached to the potential to “wear many hats” and be what the moment requires. In order to extract the maximum potential from this combination, a “celebration of self” is an emotional necessity.

Depending on the circumstances, your “party” could be comprised of overt attention seeking antics or a glowing inner confidence which is nurtured through genuine appreciation of all that’s unique about you. Accessing the light of deep creativity within your heart can undoubtedly serve you as a portal which allows you to express you adaptability to a myriad of lifestyles, people and situations.

Cultivating such abilities can have far-reaching implications for playing in the big leagues when it comes to putting passion and promotion behind ideas and concepts designed to further the growth of humanity at large.

Just for the record, what you’re NOT on earth for is to be a one dimensional drone that’s a slave to routine. Someone with this celestial ID is meant to defy the stiff packaging which permeates rigid categorization WITH CONFIDENCE. The light, airy breeze of the Gemini Sun is fanned by the fiery flames of the Leo Moon, granting you the birthright to star in what is supposed to be a masterfully crafted motion picture known as YOUR LIFE.

The charismatic presence which you need to nurture is meant to emit in several different directions and adjusted as needed.  However, here’s one important thing to remember:  Too much “flitting” can weaken your vitality and can also suggest an aversion to staying the course which will help you grow.

After all, life isn’t all fun and games. To approach life with a child’s mind and heart can awaken you to countless possibilities, but your disorder and self-undoing comes from claiming “boredom” (which is a word and concept which should forever be eliminated from your vocabulary).  Please don’t delude yourself into thinking that you’re moving on to “greener pastures” because you’ve allowed yourself to be seduced into chasing what you think is the next best thing.

Your potential strengths include a colossal heart coupled with a youthfully exuberant mind which is ripe with agility and curiosity. Without a doubt, your intellect can assist you in examining and truly understanding you motivations for doing things.

Are you charting your course based on the presumption of praise or approval? Are you managing situations to the degree in which you can ONLY be seen in your best light?

To live fully is to throw your heart into your endeavors and risk making mistakes and even possibly appearing foolish. Your roar needs to be authentic and can’t be technically measured.

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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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Leo Sun, Gemini Moon

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Showmanship. The Gift of gab. Big talk- and the demonstration to back it up with action. Or, the king or queen of blowing “hot air”.

Your life energy is connected to being your own authority and ruling your own roost, and it connects with a need for mental stimulation and diversity of experience.

Also, you’re nourished by cleverness and adaptability to life’s changing situations. You know just what to say, and HOW to say it with flair to set the hearts of people on fire.

You possess the potential to be the “star of many shows” and can gain the ability to exude an air of confidence in a myriad of life directions.

if your ego is not regulated, it can result in a fragmented identity or lack of wholeness where you find yourself only being able to function within the narrow confines of very specific and “boxed” in contexts. If this is the case, chances are: you’ve been trapped in grandiosity.

Your potentials for personal charisma are reflected in a personality that’s at home with dexterity. When operating at optimum level, you can stir the masses with verbal panache and cutting witticisms.

However, your leadership must not simply point the way, or give glib lip service, it must also leave an imprint on every piece of ground, for all to see, so everyone will know you walked that way.

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Venus Square Neptune : Seeing Through The Fog

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Having a firm grasp on reality without feeling like we have to sacrifice our imagination can be a full time job to some.  With Venus square Neptune in the birth chart there’s a suggestion that an adjustment needs to be made in how one’s views people and relationships in general.

Developmental tension is present between one’s idealism, values and sense of unity. When operating on a dysfunctional level, this aspect suggests that one distorts perceptions of those that they’re intimately involved in and engages in “selective relating”, thereby deleting information from their experience that may cause them pain and choosing to opt for a less “traumatic” version of events.

In the worst case scenario, this individual ends up as a victim of their own rose colored spectacles and projections.

They may even go as far as to create a “pretend partner” who responds to their every request and wish in a way which supports their illusion while declining interaction of a more authentic sort out of fear it will break the “spell.”

Working with this aspect on a conscious level, one has the capacity to offer unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance of the highest caliber to another human being.  Boundaries are recognized, but the relationship doesn’t have barriers to deeper intimacy because of the choice to face reality in an uncensored fashion.

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