Sun-Pluto Aspects : “The Healer”

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When studying Astrology, one of the most important lessons to be understood is:

when it comes to signs, planets and their placements, houses and aspects- there are two sides to every coin.

Attaching the labels of “good” and “bad” when discussing these entities will most likely hinder us from developing a broad understanding of their functions within the greater astrological whole.

When the Sun, which symbolizes the ingredients that comprise your life force and identity has a “sit down” with Pluto, who represents the transformer, catharsis, regeneration and all that reforms, a powerful impact is released into the universe. Influence that can be used for good, or for ill.

If you have a Sun-Pluto aspect within your birth chart, there is an astounding amount of personal power at your disposal. Whether or not you spend the time and effort on yourself which is necessary to access this power is another story.

Anything which involves Pluto is deep and significant . Plutonian energies operate below the surface and cannot readily be “seen” with the naked eye.

To truly benefit from these aspects, you will need to engage in a tremendous amount of self-reflection and scrutiny.

You ‘ll also have to examine your own motivations when it comes to dealing with others. Listening ability can most certainly serve you as an ally. You will not succeed if your method for getting ahead consists of bulldozing others with your views or agendas.

Your potentially highly magnetic personality will work for you providing that you learn to trust others and reveal your motives.

In fact: Sun-Pluto people have the potential serve humanity as healers because of their experience in dealing with matters which are not openly discussed due to the sensitivity and the privacy of their nature. The uniting of these two planets, when capitalized on, makes it possible to live a life which is highly and intentionally purposeful.

An existence based on positive change, and the continuous reinvention of self. Shedding the skin of your identity on a periodic basis, removing all of the outworn parts in order to thrive as the TRUE youAuthenticity in all of its forms can be yours. The misuses of Sun-Pluto power are evident in the megalomania of Nino Brown and Tony Montana.

If you haven’t seen “New Jack City” or “Scarface”, watching these films can provide a picture which cannot be totally captured in words. The choice remains: to heal or to hurt. It’s truly up to us what side of the coin we choose.

If you have a Sun-Pluto aspect in your birth chart, your theme song is “The Healer” by Erykah Badu

You can listen here:

 

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Taurus Sun, Sagittarius Moon : “Paid In Full”

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When Taurus and Sagittarius combine in the solar and lunar realms, the phrase “knowledge is wealth” immediately comes to mind.

Building an economy of knowledge and creating value through understanding are two of the major life tasks for those with these placements.  By expanding one’s lens of perception and encouraging others to do the same, one is able to gain confidence in operating in the world while enjoying its “simple pleasures.”

The fuel of security that sustains one’s vitality is reflected through a personality which has an emotional need to guide, teach and create avenues of telescopic vision.

Through making things “bigger”, one’s senses become gratified, one sight becomes clearer, and one’s internal growth becomes an accurate barometer of things going “according to plan.” This development also opens up pathways for tangible rewards and the acquisition of possessions on a material level.

The challenges faced with this blend arise when what is uncovered in one’s personal quest for truth conflicts with an ideology which has become solidly rooted in one’s psyche.

If there’s the presumption that “truths” revealed that produce opulence are more valuable than those that force re-evaluation of our personal belief system, the struggle to fuse aspirations and emotional needs can be particularly problematic.

However, if the desire for holistic understanding is greater than the fear of leaving one’s “safe zone” , an incredible amount of personal growth can take place.

Utilizing knowledge through building a business or institution which is a testament to your patience, fortitude and “green thumb” is a fantastic use of the synthesis of these energies.

Your theme song is “Paid In Full” by Eric B & Rakim.

You can Listen here:

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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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Taurus Sun, Cancer Moon

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All is peaceful in the safe haven. There’s no threat to security and risk is minimal.

In this Sun/Moon blend, mix the sweet, Venusian urge for connecting with Lunar sustenance and nutrition.

A reigning consistency in mostly all things allows you to feel sane, and “like yourself”. This is reflected in a personality which needs to nurture; to give and receive tender loving care in a private shell of human warmth.

You “take care” through emotional responsiveness. The touch of your hands and the extension of your heart is the conduit of  affection. “Build it so it will grow” may very well be your motto,

In the midst of life’s serenity, you’re going to faced with the question:

Is my “safe haven” TOO safe?

 

Moon-Pluto Aspects In The Birth Chart: “Quiet Storm”

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Next time you look outside and see overcast skies and sense a thunderstorm on the horizon, do yourself a favor. Sit quietly and really listen to the rumble of the thunder which calmly precedes the outburst.

The sound may persist at a low, continuous, pace for a while. Building intensity and momentum. Once the eruption is full on everybody knows. It’s impossible to hide.

If you’re a hip-hop head, I’m describing the “Quiet Storm” remix by Mobb Deep featuring Lil’ Kim. Think about how you feel during the musical build up before Prodigy spits that first verse.

When the Moon and Pluto come together in a birth chart, the Moon’s symbolism for emotional security needs is partnering with the intensely transformative energies of Pluto.

Those with Moon-Pluto aspects tend to keep a tight lid on their inner world. Very private and self-protective, they don’t like others to witness their vulnerabilities, as they fear too much exposure could possibly result in  a loss of personal power.

A Moon-Pluto person’s psyche can be compared to a hotel peephole. They can look out and see what’s going on, but when you try to squint and look in: nada. Prying eyes are a definite no-no.

Moon-Pluto people know that when the full force of their emotions are unleashed we might be ready for a Wyclef/Mary J moment (someone, please call 911!! ) Yet, another reason for the stellar self-control.

If you have this aspect in your chart, there is an incredible potential to use your penetrative psychological skill to arrive at the “heart” of yourself as well as others. This aspect asks that we integrate the light and the darkness by honoring all of our facets, no matter how difficult the process may be.

For those with these natal contacts,  it’s important to treat the shortcomings and vulnerabilities of others with extra care. Your piercing insight can build another up to the mountain top or send them wallowing into the gutter.

A deep hunger for intense emotional experiences is indicative of these two planets. Skating on the superficial gloss of life does absolutely nothing towards providing the “food” which you require for your well-being. In fact, behaving in this fashion will bore you to tears.

As a Moon-Pluto person, you must live deeply. You must also realize that such penetration probably won’t have you standing in front of a white picket fence with a Colgate smile wheeling and dealing Corning Ware at a yard sale.

The potency you seek is more likely to come in the package of listening to your best friend’s stories of spousal abuse and infidelity, working as a counselor on a crisis hotline, or being the Psychotherapist who keeps a poker face in the midst of your clients dark sexual secrets.

In Steven Forrest’s book: “The Book of Pluto: Turning Darkness To Wisdom With Astrology”, he outlines guidelines toward recognizing a healthy person when Pluto is connected to the moon in a natal chart. I think these are well worth noting:

(1) The individual’s emotional nature is Plutonian. That is, he or she is potentially capable of extraordinary psychological self-scrutiny, not to mention scrutiny of others.

(2) The individual’s sense of well-being and happiness depend radically upon having outlets for that kind of intense, penetrating dialogue or experience.

(3) The person’s joy and vivacity are enhanced by encounters with anything verging into the territory of the taboo, deep psychology, but also occult investigations, explorations of death or crime, or “low life” subcultures and anything that pertains to facing squarely the twin Plutonian philosophical problems: that of evil and that of catastrophe.

“Such a person will instinctively seek out these kinds of experiences and thereby nurture him or herself. He or she will also radiate a very particular kind of welcoming message into the world, specifically beckoning anyone who is passing through a Plutonian period.”

If you’re from the “don’t worry, be happy” school of thought, you may indeed struggle in this domain. However if you’re willing to grasp the full gravity of this aspect, you will discover that:

You have the capacity to transform your life by using emotional catharsis and honest confrontation with the buried treasure within your psyche as an ally, to heal yourself and others.

Yes, Moon-Pluto: even amongst the darkness, there’s light to be discovered.

If you have a Moon-Pluto aspect in your natal chart, your theme song is the “‘Quiet Storm Remix by Mobb Deep featuring Lil’ Kim. You can listen right here:

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Reference: “The Book of Pluto : Turning Darkness To Wisdom With Astrology” by Steven Forrest (1994 ACS Publications)

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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Saturn in Gemini

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In one’s birth chart, Saturn is associated with (among other things) the principle of mastery.

Saturn’s placement in Gemini suggests a cosmic call to develop one’s intellectual and communicative capacities in order to reflect maturity, competence and authority. The potential is present to draw others to listen to, or read what you have to say. However, the key is to harness the desire to expend the necessary effort to refine your speaking, critical thinking and linguistic abilities through participation in serious study and discourse with knowledgeable people.

Also, it’s of major importance to neutralize thoughts which point to being inadequate or ill-equipped to stand on one’s own thinking and claim one’s “voice”.

For those with this placement, their development rests in understanding the use of organized, strategic and systematic thought as an instrument of personal and collective power.  There’s also an emphasis on the recognition that just like money circulates in an economy, so does knowledge. To navigate this placement wisely, one must be ever vigilant in regard to conserving one’s thoughts and words for the appropriate times and people. You know that you’re becoming successful in this endeavor when you realize that “everything isn’t FOR everybody.

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Making Astrology Practical : The Words of Dr. Amos Wilson

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Arguably, in this day and age, we have access to more information than ever before regarding spirituality, holistic health practices, and various tools for evolution and self development such as astrology, tarot, feng shui, meditation techniques, dream work and astral projection.

Because we’re faced with such a wide variety of options, it’s of paramount importance to employ our powers of critical analysis and discrimination wisely.

We would be selling ourselves and our brains short if we hopped on every bandwagon which proclaims “peace, love and light”, or followed every trail of incense smoke, complete with shea butter rubdowns and wheat grass shots.

It’s absolutely essential that we trust our inner voices when confronted with bundles of rhetoric which do not encourage any behavioral changes, yet are cosmetically and aesthetically pleasing.

I quote from the esteemed ancestor and brilliant psychologist Dr. Amos Wilson:

“There is nothing wrong with using the astrologies, the esoteric religions and using the moons and planets as guides for our behavior; but let us not become obsessed with them to such a degree that we do nothing else.”

No matter how much we engage in meditation, chanting and the like, chances are, there’s a tangible physical reality which we must be fully present for every day. The concrete world requires our participation.

Whether it’s our rent, or a 15 page paper that’s due, organization of ourselves is key. I would be willing to bet that our landlord or professor doesn’t take “Oms” as a form of compensation or completed work.

Spirituality is all encompassing. It permeates every aspect of our being. Because we’re spiritual people, it doesn’t mean we don’t curse, fight, have sex, or become angry.

In fact, I would make the case that one of the true aims of spirituality is to locate an organized center within ourselves and integrate our many dimensions by finding constructive outlets for our various facets to thrive.

As spiritual beings, we’re not going to float away in euphoric bliss and project ourselves into a dimension which will alleviate us from earthly responsibilities.

We may even have to appear ruthless at times. Eliminating people from our lives and severing the ties of situations which are blocking our growth. Distancing ourselves from unhealthy relationships physically, emotionally and psychologically by any means necessary.

True spirituality strengthens and enhances us. It doesn’t convert us in to passive people who advocate peace at any cost. Sometimes we have to go to war with the “monster”, relegating it to it’s proper place in our lives.

Thinking for ourselves regarding spiritual concepts merits very serious consideration. Hopefully, we’re all seeking to evolve and create physical, tangible evidence through our actions to show us that we’re doing so.

We know that it’s not enough to exclude analyzing the way we act in favor of the external trinkets, dress, diet or language which we think “enlightened” people abide by, yet misusing these resources as “props” to divert attention from the lack of desire to positively change our behavior.

I quote again from Dr. Wilson

“Why not demonstrate the effectiveness of what you’re talking about in your own behavior, life and therefore be a beacon to other people? Demonstrate through your life-behavior and habits the effectiveness of your ideologies religions and concepts?”

The question then becomes:

What is my behavior saying about me? What am I teaching others about my views on spirituality through my actions?

There are many tools of development, when used in a constructive manner, which can greatly enhance the quality of our lives.

However, if we show little to no concern about staying focused on our true intentions of self-improvement, the same systems lead to the evasion of concrete reality. Avoidance from the fundamental concept stated so eloquently by the African proverb:

“When deeds speak, words are meaningless.”                           

*Notes: Excerpt from a lecture delivered by Dr. Amos Wilson at the Marcus Garvey Senior Citizen Center, Brooklyn, NY (1985 )                                

Aries Sun, Scorpio Moon

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When an Aries Sun is blended with a Scorpio Moon in an individuals birth chart, the nucleus of the person’s life energy consists of  making a significant impact in the world by way of an assertive thrust of personal identity.

The sun’s placement here suggests that the motivating stimulus is to be recognized as number one, a leader and a pioneer who thrives on tests of internal fortitude and the grasping of challenges which allow them to “sharpen their warrior steel”.

The Scorpio Moon uses the sun’s light to reflect a personality who needs to pursue this dominance through emotional depth, knowing things and passionate penetration of anything in life which may be considered buried, hidden or taboo.

For this combination, the way to the heights of the top is through the depths of the bottom. There’s a high energy exertion contained in this blend in both the physical and the emotional worlds, so it stands to reason that extremes are something which need to be regulated. Although there’s a strong statement from the Aries Sun saying: “this is who I am”, there’s also a deep need to conserve emotional resources, as to delay full disclosure to the world.

The internal question is: if I reveal ALL that I have, what will be left for me? This combination also holds the potential for a considerable degree of personal magnetism. It suggests the ability to “hold” others whether through sheer force of  presence, or the passionate pulling of heart strings.

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