Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon

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This sun/moon combination suggests that emotional and psychological fulfillment comes through harnessing one’s abilities to consolidate resources in the name of personal growth.

The type of fuel your “engine” runs on contains aspirations to gain notice from others through a creative and unique expression of yourself and your gifts. If administrative prowess and personal promotion are blended successfully, there’s potential for the high visibility which comes with leadership, provided that you inspire others through an example of sincerity as opposed to being a walking exercise in ego inflation.

The step by step building of an internal locus of control nourishes you and helps you to ground your sense of authority. If your heart space is well-organized, the beaming light which accompanies your charisma has the potential to shine though in order to gain the personal recognition which you seek.

One of your keys to becoming a well-integrated person is to take responsibility for everything that you are. To recognize your strengths as well as your limitations and how to responsibly and effectively live within them.

When you “walk the talk”, you feel as if you’re standing on a firm foundation and there are no contradictions in your thoughts, words or deeds. In turn, this affords you the insight that you never have to settle for less than you deserve in your personal relationships or dealings with others.

In essence, you’re self-validated and don’t feel guilty about asking for, or pursuing what you want.

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Libra Sun, Taurus Moon

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For many of us, moments of true equilibrium don’t necessarily occur as often as we would like. In fact, we may even find them to be a bit elusive. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that there’s often a common human tendency to either be looking BACK, embroiled in the gut-wrenching regret or heartfelt nostalgia of PAST events, or gazing far into the FUTURE with wide-eyed idealism or trepidation and uncertainty.

Your Sun-Moon blend highlights the possibility of a silver lining for you: the potential to look straight ahead and be firmly planted in the NOW, with the capacity to extract beauty from, and experience serenity in the most basic aspects of life.

Within you, there’s a suggestion of a grounded and unruffled foundation which combines with a social intelligence and refinement. There’s a knack for executing sheer appreciation for the moment, and also the confidence that, when that moment has elapsed, there’s one right behind it which can be appreciated just as fully.

You gain a deep satisfaction from an inner certainty that your life is being built with the intent of acquiring and increasing the scope of your spiritual and material resources. However, what was once a fertile wellspring of contentment can turn into a rigid and obstinate struggle for security if you become too attached to possessing, or possibly “trapping” what you enjoy.

Your personal relationships are an area of life where you must employ flexibility, accepting the ebbs and flows which come with the terrain. Rather than viewing change as an undermining of your basic sense of security, a more constructive approach may be to conceptualize its lucrative possibilities.

Your capacity to assert yourself for the sake of self-interest and the cultivation of your senses which extend beyond the immediately observable are tools which you’re going to want to develop. In all of your physicality, you’re meant to tap into every faculty, which will lead to the unfolding of a more complete human being.

A major lesson in your evolution is to recognize that everyone doesn’t play the game of life by the same rules. While you may bask in your mastery of the pleasure principle, others may major in potting and scheming. Some interactions may produce more confrontation and tension than you would like, or are used to, but your potential for endurance and common sense diplomacy are in your toolbox waiting to be utilized.

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Leo Sun, Virgo Moon

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“Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The combination of a Leo Sun and a Virgo Moon in an individual birth chart suggests the potential to shine by making oneself useful and summoning the powers of discrimination and insightfulness with the ultimate goal of improving the existing state of affairs.

This person is fueled by attracting notice from others, usually through avenues which allow regal and confident self-expression. Their vitality is stimulated by leading and being appreciated for their special qualities which allow them to illuminate the world with the warmth and heat of the spark of their divine being.

In addition, the personality reflects a need to clear out the useless and superfluous gunk in order to become a more radiant vessel for individual creativity.

The solar/lunar blend of Leo and Virgo can assist one another in providing balancing elements.

Leo provides a “solar boost” to the otherwise suggested modesty and tendency to dwell in the background of the Virgo Moon, while the Moon in Virgo’s need for reserve and reality checks can help curb unhealthy  and excessive egoical tendencies of a dysfunctionally operating Leo Sun.

Leo’s energy, like the Sun’s is only as effective as the glow it provides for EVERYONE.

When one becomes overly critical of oneself or others, which is a regression of the Virgo Moon’s energies, the shine downgrades to dullness.

Also, when the ego gets out of check he/she ceases to be useful. When the desire for praise or fame trumps correct techniques for everyday living, the result may very well be the person who gains a counterfeit popularity through criticizing other people:  A certified hater.

Optimally, there’s a sense of refined nobility, a generosity which is both fervent and sincere. A richness of spirit that not only uplifts and inspires, but also serves practical aims in the tangible world.

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How To Work With Squares in the Birth Chart : Building Strength Through Tension

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Amongst the sea of Astrological writing in books and on the internet, there seems to be a continuation of the view that when it comes to Astrological aspects: conjunctions are “neutral”, trines and sextiles are “good”, while oppositions and squares are “bad”.

I even notice when the “hard” aspects are written about in Astro cookbooks, the author seems to always head in the direction which doesn’t outline the developmental potential between the meetings of planets, but rather reels into a bleak and dismal fate to which we must resign ourselves regarding our relationships, communication skills or our identities.

I would like to offer another view on squares and put forth the theory that very little gets accomplished without the tension which the aspect suggests. When the word “tension” is used, this somehow triggers an anxiety filled image in people where they think something will be hoisted on them that they won’t be able to handle.

Let’s close our eyes for a minute and picture a trip to the gym for an exhilarating exercising of our muscles. Think about what your body feels like when you murmur to yourself:

“That was a damn good workout.”

We feel invigorated and empowered through the challenges we were able to face in the gym because we summoned the intestinal fortitude necessary to confront the obstacles that the workout provided.

In our natal charts, squares are there to test our capabilities. What we need to understand is: if we face up to what’s being presented to us concerning the principles that the planets in question represent, we can become a much more skillful navigator through the terrains of those energies. Another thing we need to realize it that this takes WORK. No one is saying that this is an easy ride, or there won’t be periods of time where we may feel defeated or stuck.

However, this doesn’t have to be the final outcome and there are several people, who have achieved to great heights in which squares are prominent in their birth charts, to illustrate this point.

Tension allows our “muscles” to become stronger and enhances their capacity to recover more quickly. These muscles can be those of the body, mind, heart or spirit.

Mind you, if you’re the type of person who seeks to take the path of least resistance or avoid anything which demands MORE than a minimal effort from you, there may be a problem.

If we’re truly looking to develop our capacities, as illustrated in our natal charts, to their fullest, it’s advisable that we re-examine the idea of an “easy” life. If what we desire is meaning and fulfillment, it’s important to consider that some of us may have to go “to hell and back” to discover it, but those excursions may provide a much richer existence than accepting a fabricated fate that “things are just going to be how they are.”

Please consider that the squares contained in your birth chart can be a tremendous asset to keep you motivated. You may have a bundle of energy that just needs to be released in an appropriate direction in order to assist you in providing the life that you deserve.

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Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon

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The blend of social harmony and purposeful, ambitious undertakings.

To be viewed by society as a “good” person,i.e. someone who is generally fair, kind and humane is what fuels your life force. You want to be well-liked and structure communication with others on the basis of building bridges of understanding rather than raising points of contention.

What makes you feel alive is knowing that you’re continually refining the art of human interaction and you improve upon this through a sincere interest in people. Being in your presence makes others feel understood and listened to.

Life structure is one of your primary emotional needs. You need to know that no matter what you’re “going somewhere”. An organized plan of action and personal development has the potential to nourish your desire to achieve in a tangible way. Having something to show for your discipline and efforts is a must.

What needs to be understood is that in the midst of life  “business”, everyone may not walk away from the table happy. You will find yourself in situations where practical decisions may have to trump social relationships.

Your cordiality and diplomacy is in no way designed to offset your need to deal with the bottom line or bare bones of a situation. In fact, it’s purpose is to smooth out what may otherwise be rough terrain when you’re the bearer of unpleasant news.

On the flip side, with your potential to lead and manage you’re being called to display a “personal impersonality”. Never losing the human touch, yet distancing yourself enough as to not allow relationships to hold you hostage.

You are being challenged to remain resolute in your decision making. Holding fast to your logic and integrity while avoiding the traps of flailing in the whirlwind of the social approval scale. Often, you may feel like you have to decide between being true to your principles or being “liked”.

Remember that those who are genuine will respect your firmness and you only had the illusory approval of people who would want to revoke it because of decisions they happen to disagree with.

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Scorpio Sun, Gemini Moon, Aquarius Rising

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Developmental Tasks: To engage in deep involvement with oneself via multifaceted inquiry. To process one’s experience through the lens of challenging the status quo.

If you think that your life’s task is to find a cozy spot smack dab in the middle of the “establishment” and go along to get along- please think again.

What you’re really here to do is live a life of deep significance which entails asking the right questions, which will “rock the boat”. Notice that I didn’t mention being liked as a top priority or concern, because when you sincerely embark upon this mission, it’s a toss up: some people will admire and love what you’re doing while others will find you unsettling because you’re disrupting their comfortable life with all of your damn questions.

Ideally, your aspirations center around turning over any and every rock which will reveal the REAL truth about precisely who and what you are. The question which permeates your astrological signature is: are you prepared to digest  “the good, the bad and the ugly”?  This arrangement in your birth chart suggests that the work of deep mining is done via an emotional need to gather, classify and analyze information. For you, there’s a safety in breaking things and sometimes people into parts in order to understand each component more fully.

An inquiring and versatile mind can serve as one of your many gifts. When optimally used, your intellect can be the instrument which can see through self-created facades as well as any b.s. that others attempt to send in your direction.

To question what seems to be “universally” accepted is one of your specialties. The things which usually get classified under: “Well, everyone knows that…..” are precisely the targets for which you aim. In your world, being well-adjusted isn’t about fitting into existing systems. Rather it’s about challenging them, rebelling against them and creating a more sound and liberating way of life for yourself and others.

As a reminder, it needs to be said that some of the lessons you’ll be learning won’t manifest in a lighthearted fashion. The minute you decide to actualize the potential that your birth chart contains, there will be tests. It’s important to ask yourself: no matter what I see or encounter, am I willing to look it directly in the eye and keep going?

A picture of this combination working in a constructive fashion is a versatile, intellectually adept rebel who’s also psychologically sophisticated.

Understanding which ideas to take seriously and implement into your life is crucial to your existence. There are a couple of things to take into consideration : (1) just because it ignites your passion doesn’t mean it’s something to run with and (2) it’s possible to agree with the majority and it still hold potential for your liberation in that area of life.

Ultimately, it’s the QUALITY of your rebellion and your learning that will determine your success, not the quantity.

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Astrological Aspects: The Basics Explained

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So…you’re relatively new to astrology. You know your sun sign and have recently learned about your moon sign and ascendant. You might have started delving into your individual planetary placements, and are now even discovering the astrological houses.

Another essential building block in your Astrological education which will serve you well, is becoming familiar with astrological aspects.

 Simply defined, aspects are planetary relationships.  You take two planets, hook them up and see how they get along. The synthesizing of this information brings  more flavor, detail and intricacy to our astrological interpretations.

A general astrological rule is : there are no isolated factorsSigns, planets and houses are always relating to one another in the context of an individual chart

I often comment that planetary relationships are very similar to interpersonal ones. Sometimes we come into contact with another person and we couldn’t ask for an interaction that’s more smooth and effortless.

There are also exchanges that aren’t nearly as comfortable. Maybe we’re forced to talk to a group of strangers that we have very little in common with. Or, we have such different perspectives that it creates an environment filled with tension.  The aforementioned describes the theory behind how aspects work.

How flowing, or challenging the planetary dynamics are is symbolized by the angular relationship.

In the larger sense, there are no “good” and “bad” aspects. The energy is neutral. This is not to say that every planetary interaction will be smooth sailing.  However, when two or more planets make contact with one another at a certain degree, the response and how you choose to utilize those combinations is largely up to you.

For example: At work, you might have a challenging relationship with your supervisor, because he/she is very demanding, precise and doesn’t tolerate any excuses. Is this bad? You may think so initially. However,  it’s quite possible that because of this interaction, you might find that you’ve become more adept, better organized and equipped to handle more responsibility.

Conversely, the receptionist in your building may be one of the most pleasant people who you’ve ever known. You can talk to him/her hours on end. There’s never a shortage of topics to discuss. Seems “good”, right? However, one day you might come to the conclusion that all of this talk never pushed you to do any productive work. Nice and easy, but no growth or results. Yet another clue to the workings of aspects.

There are both major and minor aspects. For the purpose of this discussion, I have chosen to concentrate on the majors: the conjunctionoppositionsquaretrine and sextile.

The Conjunction- 0 Degrees

conjunction is a planetary relationship where the planets are usually right “on top” of one another. Either at the exact degree or only a few degrees apartThey’re usually in the same sign.

Using an example from my chart, I have my Sun in Sagittarius at 28 degrees. My Sagittarius Ascendant is also at 28 degrees. There is virtually no separation between the two. Therefore, this is a conjunction.

It’s like two people holding hands in an elevator. Or, that couple you know ,who you always mention their names togetherThe energy is inseparable.  A conjunction blends planetary expressions. In your chart, this can be a point where you shine because of the intensification of focus.

The Opposition- 180 Degrees

The opposition symbolizes and tug of war, or an internal division.

In most cases, oppositions, which are symbolized by planets that areseparated by an angle of 180 degrees, occur between opposing, orcomplimentary signs within the zodiac. An example would be if one had the sun in Scorpio and the moon in Taurus. With this arrangement in their chart, they would have a sun-moon opposition. One can also have out of sign oppositions in their chart if the particular degrees allow.

Think about people who are literally on opposing sides of an issue in a meeting room. Apply the same scenario to your psyche.

Successful navigation of this aspect calls for negotiation and bridge building on both sidesThe principles which are represented by the opposing planets must be integrated. If not, they run the risk of being fragmented and operating as lone rangers within the individuals mental framework.

The Square- 90 Degrees

In traditional astrology, a square is referred to as an aspect of tension. A ninety degree angle between planets that is symbolic of crisis. 

Unfortunately, some astrological writing has convinced us to run for the hills if we have squares in our charts. It’s all doom and gloom as if we’ve lost even before we’ve started. Other practitioners are certainly welcome to their opinion, but here’s this astrologer’s take on it:

Tension is : the act or action of being stretched.

Crisis is: an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending. 

The planets and signs involved in a square aspect call for the ability to adjust to constantly changing circumstances. Successful navigation of a square  provides strength, power and elasticity in regard to the planetary principles and sign expressions included.

Now…..I’m not going to get Pollyanna on you, put Bobby McFerrin on repeat, and tell you “don’t worry, be happy.” That everything will be just fine.

The fact is: it will not be just fine if we’re unwilling to confront the issuesput forth the effort. Or,try to resist, rather than work with the changes that are inherent within this aspect.

Squares are extremely dynamic. They push us and serve as an impetus for growth.

Working with squares, we must realize that everything that feels goodmay not necessarily be beneficial for us, and just because something is uncomfortable doesn’t mean it’s harmful.

Walter Payton, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, had an infamous off-season work out. He ran up a hill, which later became to be known as “Payton’s Hill”, just outside Chicago. Payton would sprint up this hill, which was around 92 feet for as many as 20 repetitions.

Most of us know the rest of the story.

The Trine- 120 Degrees

Trines are aspects of flow and ease. The planetary energies which relate at an 120 degree angle have an innate smoothness. Trines symbolize natural talents and gifts which are our possession.

The key in handling this aspect is to know that these gifts exist and to consciously refine and strengthen them. 

One of the potential downfalls of trines is to fall back on them. To become so complacent that you think no further effort is required. Let us all remember that even the most efficient running engine requires maintenance. If this does not happen, it may break down at the most inopportune time.

The Sextile- 60 Degrees

Many astrologers refer to the sextile as a mini-trine. The message behind the aspect is similar, except a trine possesses greater strength. A sextile is an aspect of potential and opportunity. The trine is what IS. The sextile is what COULD BE, providing we’re willing to take the necessary steps to plant and water the seed, so it grows healthily to optimum level.

With a sextile, there are a host of quality ingredients laid out before us. What we must do now is work to find the perfect combination. To cultivate more of the principles and energies symbolized by the planets and signs involved.

As a whole, each of our birth charts is filled with possibilitiesHowever, the chart itself, promises nothing. Is we’re to utilize the contents of our birth chart based on a realistic assessment of our lives, it’s essential that we’re committed to doing the necessary work to make what’s possible ACTUAL.

Aries Sun, Cancer Moon

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Within the Aries Sun- Cancer Moon blend, we explore themes which emerge from developmental tension between an adventurous thrust into the world  and an emotional attachment to what’s familiar.

Aspirations point toward making one’s mark and a distinct impression of personal identity weighed against a physical or ideological clan of origin.

The questions arise:

Who will take care of those I care about if I’m out attempting to conquer the world?

How can I create a viable identity and still fulfill the reigning emotional need to belong?

This Sun-Moon blend can channel it’s potential emotional power into self care as well as the nurturing of others in a passionately protective manner.

The Cancer Moon reflects and distributes the action oriented light of the Aries Sun. The balance and resolution must come between the assertive and the receptive. Doing battle and resting.

It’s of utmost important to trust and value one’s gut instincts in both the physical and the emotional worlds. Relying on kinesthetic and emotional intelligence.

This is the warrior who has two layers of armor at their disposal. And, utilization of these resources can create a win-win at home and in the world at large.

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