Aries Sun, Sagittarius Moon

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Your impact is felt through the sheer power of your ideas.  With a robust and fiery temperament, you would go to hell with gasoline drawers on and provide the match if this meant you were going to learn something meaningful from the experience.

This combination suggests a physical and intellectual daredevil who relishes the idea of going where no Woman or Man has gone before and testing the limits of one’s mind and will. To feel sustained, you need wide experience and daily opportunities toward the search of a “philosopher’s stone” that’s intensely personal to you.

It may serve you to find your center of moderation and understand when “enough is enough”. Understand that satisfaction is often a continuum rather than a colossal event. When you contemplate the smaller moment of magic in your life, the universe can open up to vaster possibilities. You’re not a lesser human being because you choose to take incremental steps on your life’s journey.

Your theme song is Talib Kweli & DJ Hi Tek’s “This Means You”.

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Planetary Themes: Mercury, Venus, Neptune

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Mercury, Venus & Neptune combination themes:

The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Unity. Holistic and visionary thinking connected to the synthesizing capacity of the higher mind.  Bridging intellect and intuition. Brain balancing. A mind which recognizes connections and rhythm, or the “dance of life”. Subtlety in thought and communication. “Tuned into” the nonverbal aspect of life. Access to the spiritual and ethereal worlds. Telepathy. Working with symbols, images, dreams and myths. Creative visualization. Empathizing and employing sensitivity. Artful speech and delicate, poetic expression. Film, music, and art. Limitless perception. Disillusionment in thought and relationships. Creating an alternate reality because one doesn’t want to face the current one. Deceit in speech. Trouble distinguishing between true “seeing” and paranoia.

 

The Importance of Taking Responsibility For Our Birth Charts

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“In practice, the humanistic astrologer studies (perceives) the birth chart aesthetically rather than ethically, first as a whole and then in terms of its individual factors.

Nothing in the birth-chart is seen as good or bad, fortunate or unfortunate; humanistic astrology recognizes no evil planets or bad signs. It considers all astrological factors as having a place in all things; everything is good when in its place in the eternal scheme of things and in relation to everything else. From this approach, the birth-chart is a set of instructions for the actualization of one’s potential.”
-Michael R. Meyer

Whenever I speak with people about Astrology, I always make it a point to let them know how strongly I feel about self-responsibility. Astrology is a profound art and a wonderful tool for self- discovery.

It’s extremely important to remember that everything has a purpose within our birth charts. It’s pertinent that we accept and “make friends” with our celestial maps. Coming to grips with our cosmic blueprints enables us to work with the energies that are present at the highest, most evolved levels.

If we refuse to “own” our charts, at worst, the issues surrounding the parts that we reject will come to visit us in another form. Or, they will be projected onto friends and intimates.

It may help us tremendously to remember that there are both productive and unproductive expressions for every planet, signhouse and aspect. If we truly want to take travel the high road, it’s ours for the taking and is waiting for us.

Let’s make a comparison to our physical body: suppose that we don’t like our arms. For whatever reason we’re not pleased with their shape, tone, etc… Even though this may be the case, we’re probably not going to deny the reality that we have two arms. In fact, we may even start to work to improve their condition.

With our birth charts, it fails to work to our advantage when we’re a Gemini and we spend all day dreaming about becoming a Scorpio. Or, we feverishly try to repress our Moon in Virgo telling ourselves that it’s in the late degrees, so “it’s really more Libran”.

We must remember to accept the raw material that we’re presented with, mold it to our satisfaction and create our own masterpiece.

Trusting our judgement and having faith in our ability to become the authors of our lives assisted by the tools of astrology can definitely create an atmosphere that will strikingly enhance the quality of our lives and those around us.

Aquarius Sun, Pisces Moon

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Where there’s unity, there’s also room for diversity.

You’re most definitely fueled by the aspirations of being your own person, but there’s also a need to tap into the collective consciousness; to be a part of something greater than yourself.

For you, fulfillment lies in dissolving all of the petty and artificial barriers which cause us from solving universal problems.

Often, you may feel a tension of sorts. Specifically between merging and individuation. Emotionally, the idea of submerging your ego in service of greater ideals appeals to you. However, you wont feel sane if you’re not allowed to bring this world the creative gifts that YOU and ONLY YOU can.

If not careful, you can cop to victim status. Distancing yourself from doing your real work and claiming that no one understands you. So, it’s important for you to understand that to rebel, or go against the grain may create a certain distance because everyone isn’t ready for the concept of radical change.

One of the potential lessons contained in this Sun/Moon blend is: to join together in a common cause, everyone doesn’t have to be the same. In fact, differences need to be recognized.

You fall into a trap when you think that to make a difference in this world and affect social change, you have to be a carbon copy or replica who purchased a “revolutionary kit” for $19.95 containing certain cookie cutter phrases, prescriptions, ideologies, physical items and so forth.

If you want to maximize your potential, you can be the spokesperson who distributes the message that everyone looks at things in a slightly different manner, and through that uniqueness of perspective, a multidimensional view is formed, which arms us with more possibilities in curing what ails our basic humanity.

You can let the world know that individuals are present to strengthen the group.

What will you contribute to the masses that’s innovative?

Cancer Sun, Aries Moon

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With the Sun in Cancer and the Moon in Aries, the presence of developmental tension is firmly experienced between the inclination to retreat and the need to act.

The type of fuel which Cancer needs to sustain it’s life force is comprised of roots and history; a strong emotional connection to the tribe.

Most likely, the individual with this placement has created a biological and or ideological family which allows them to feel safe and secure from seemingly hostile forces of the outside world.

The shell which they have carefully chosen represents everything which was comforting about the “good old days”. As far as a Cancer Sun is concerned, they’re still living them.

The Moon in Aries uses the Sun’s fuel and reflects a personality form which needs to lead, to initiate and to be first. The lunar placement of Aries suggests that the raw, unfiltered expression of identity aids in the nourishment of this personality.

This sun-moon blend is the general who leads the troops into battle, but also is acutely aware of and sensitive to their emotional state and uses that a a strategy for victory.

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Leo Sun, Taurus Moon

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Earth and radiance.

Your “shine” is created through the recognition and harnessing of your inner value. Until you’re able to explore in all of its facets, what you’re worth, your personal projection ceases to generate the heat and light you aspire to.

Recognition, admiration and attention as a regal being ignites your spirit. Ideally this status is for the purposes of illuminating the potential in others as well as yourself, and allowing your expression to be a gift which emits rays of creativity than one that blinds with an inflated ego.

Building yourself up is essential, but the question remains as to how you’ll share what you’ve gathered with the larger collective.  Delving deeper into your feelings and curbing the impulse to accept them at face value is something which can benefit you.

The ability to burn away any material which causes inertia, rigidity or an one dimensional outlook is your friend. Understand that you can simultaneously maintain fixity of purpose and accept your ever changing, unfolding nature of becoming.

Your theme song is “Stay Shinin’ by Dynasty featuring Talib Kweli

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Virgo Sun, Gemini Moon : “Right and Exact”

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Here, we have a combination geared toward the life of the mind and the propagation of ideas. Elementally, with earth and air, there’s a researcher present which seeks practical findings and results.  The mutability of this combination suggests a penchant for adjusting oneself to changing circumstances and possibly thriving while doing so.

The potential for strength of intellect is clear.  There’s a need to pursue certain lines of thought just for the sake of satiating curiosity, while one is ultimately illuminated through analysis and that which one can measure. This has the makings of a fruitful combination if the lines of scientific thought blend well with a youthful and experimental openness.

One’s life’s work is the pulling apart of components in order to hold them to the light. This critical scrutiny is designed to assess ways in which a person, idea or system can function in a healthier, more streamlined manner.

With this blend, one’s core needs are centered around learning that comes with variety. There’s a feeling of being “at home” with dualities and competing perspectives.  Playing the role of detached observer comes naturally, but it can also bring challenges in situations where a more personal touch is needed.

In synthesis, these solar and lunar components can produce the expert linguist, where speech is refined and exact; an uncanny ability to describe, with pure precision, what one sees and experiences. It can be said that “learning is your craft”, as categorization  and classification nourish the deepest part of yourself.

It’s important to make room for a broad, overarching framework in which to place your findings. Otherwise, you could easily suffer from having ingested too much with no way to use it. Also, a gentle reminder that there’s a difference between data and people always helps, as it’s important to curb the tendency of the “white coat, lab rat” syndrome where your prize is an illusory “objectivity” , which can cost you what would otherwise be significant relationships in your life.

Your Theme song is “Right and Exact” by Dilated Peoples

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Sun & Moon Blends For Sagittarius

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Sagittarius Sun, Aries Moon: The individual’s life fuel consists of free form and enthusiastic exploration of ideas , concepts and knowledge. The energy is blended with a reigning need to have an impact on his/her immediate environment. This person not only wants to know everything, but also wants to be top ranked.

Sagittarius Sun, Taurus Moon: High minded ideals blend with an internal security base that’s practical. Lofty aims are nurtured in a solid environment. This has the potential to result in material progress and the broadening of horizons.

Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon: A blend of analysis and synthesis. One has the potential to see the forest AND the trees. Tremendous enthusiasm in the direction of eclectic learning, along with the quest for holistic understanding is evident .

Sagittarius Sun, Cancer Moon: A keen, sensitive intelligence emanates from the emotionally adept teacher of higher truths. Wide ranging, universal thought blends with imaginative impressions from the intuitive realm. The quest for freedom and security needs must work in tandem.

Sagittarius Sun, Leo Moon:  A fervent quest to unearth meaning blends with an emotional need for acknowledgement and recognition as a special personality. The celebrity evangelist or the grandstanding scholar.

Sagittarius Sun, Virgo Moon: Elevated thought is grounded in the realm of the pragmatic.  The wide lens view is focused and given precision in order to maintain both a comprehensive scope and accurate communication of ideas.

Sagittarius Sun, Libra Moon: A blend of the vast intellect required for large-scale ideas and the social adroitness needed for their refinement. Interpersonal dexterity anchors the enthusiastic expansion of worldview via higher education.

Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon: A far and wide search gains intense focus via the reigning need to plumb the depths of existence and leave no stone unturned. Truth is the goal whether upright or crass.

Sagittarius Sun, Sagittarius Moon: The individual is stimulated by the freedom to influence/shape thought and needs their opinions respected and to be taken seriously. A need to stretch boundaries is fused with the hope of future progress.

Sagittarius Sun, Capricorn Moon:  The person’s vitality is activated through experiences which produce significant meaning and have practical application. There’s a need to structure the life energy and pursue concrete accomplishments.

Sagittarius Sun, Aquarius Moon: There’s a drive to search high and low for anything which will provide a more expansive worldview blended  with a reigning need to dismantle the trappings of cultural and societal conditioning.

Sagittarius Sun, Pisces Moon: Synthesis of exploration and transcendence. Core life energy consists of the desire to widen one’s scope. The need is to selfless service to humanity in an extraordinary way via a spiritual calling. Merging the higher, metaphysical mind with the ultra receptive inner core.

Planetary Transits : It’s All About The Questions We Ask

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This post was inspired by a chapter I came across in Tracy Marks’ book entitled “The Astrology of Self-Discovery” ( http://www.amazon.com/The-Astrology-Self-Discovery-Tracy-Marks/dp/0916360202 ).

One of the things that I like about her philosophy in regard to our experience with certain transits is that the process is geared more toward exploring our growth and development and less toward focusing on the question : “what’s going to happen to me?”, which suggests that we’re resigned to some sort of inevitable fate that our own efforts can do nothing to alter or augment.

Here are some questions related to planetary transits, starting with Jupiter that I would like to share:

Jupiter Transits
In what ways can I expand/broaden the concepts which are associated with the transiting Sign, aspect and house position?

How can I adopt a greater sense of abundance when it comes to the affairs of the Jupiter’s transiting planetary relationship, as well as the house position in my birth chart?

In what ways can I create more opportunities for myself?

How can I uncover opportunities which otherwise may be undetected because they present themselves in a rather mundane “package”?

What do I believe about my life when it comes to Jupiter’s transiting relationship to my birth chart? Are my beliefs working for me? What’s the current status of my life philosophy?

Saturn Transits
How can I adopt a greater sense of reality when it comes to Saturn’s transiting relationship to planets in my chart, as well as the house position?

What’s in my life which calls for a “quality control” examination?

Where do I need to pare down the clutter in my life and eliminate what’s no longer functional?

In what areas do I need to plan, structure, organize and exercise self-discipline & commitment?

Where may I have to delay short term gratification in service of longer term development?

Where do I need to exercise a greater sense of maturity, which will ultimately lead to wisdom?

In what areas of my life should I strive for concrete and tangible results?
Where should I be prepared to test the validity of my ideals in the real world?

 

Uranus Transits
In what areas of my life can I use my ingenuity and penchant for innovation?

Where in my life (according to Uranus’ transiting relationship to sign & house) can I totally revamp and gain fresh and exciting perspectives?

Where do I need to gain a re-invigorated sense of freedom?

In what areas of my life must I be open to sudden change which doesn’t occur as I imagined it would?

Where can I make progressive inroads by going against the grain?

Where can I simultaneously recognize and learn to appreciate my group affiliations and individual presence?

Neptune Transits
Where can I eliminate the need to “push” things in my life and allow myself to experience a greater sense of flow?

If I’m experiencing a sense of rigidity, where does it need to be dissolved?
In what areas of my life can I experience more unity?

Where can I eliminate the incessant need for strict definition, and adopt a more rhythmic and free-form approach?

Where may I be likely to delude myself or view things with rose-colored spectacles, possible over- idealizing?

In what areas of my life may I be prone to self-deception? (Choosing to believe something only because I wish it was the case)

In what areas of my life can I call on my creative imagination, intuition and sensitivity as a co-pilot in making decisions?

Pluto Transits

How can I use a crisis as an opportunity?

Is there anything which I’ve become overly identified with in my life (job, relationship, title, material possession, religious/spiritual belief) which requires complete recalibration?

What fears am I afraid to penetrate and examine?

What areas of my life am I seeking to completely transform?

What do I seek to “kill” or bring “death” to in my emotional, spiritual or psychological life?

What area(s) in my life requires a dramatic, sweeping change of perspective as to make them “born again” ?

 

Taurus Sun, Leo Moon

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“Any real change implies the break up of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or thought one knew; to what one possessed or dreamed that one possessed. Yet it is only when man is able, without bitterness or self pity to surrender a dream he has long cherished, or a privilege he has long possessed,that he is set free-that he has set himself free- for higher dreams, for greater privileges.”

-James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

The word change is defined in Webster’s dictionary as [1] To make different in some particular. [2] To make radically different: transform and [3] To give a position, course or direction to. It’s my contention  that in order to embrace our authenticity, we must become acquainted with change in some form and hone our ability to navigate those waters. This undoubtedly requires risk.

To truly be who we are and validate ourselves sans outside approval requires a tremendous amount of patience and intestinal fortitude. The combination of a Taurus Sun and Leo Moon serves as an accurate illustrator of the path of internal certification. On a general level, the combination of these two signs implies a relationship of dynamic or developmental tension. 

This means when they’re synthesized the most significant growth can  emerge via periods of crisis, upheaval or intense circumstances which demand that we make very clear progression or regression choices. In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Taurus and the Moon in Leo, the core life energy is geared toward safety and security; the maintenance of stability. Keeping things as they are with relatively few surprises is the prevailing order of the day.

The Venus ruled Taurean energy is also stimulated by pleasure and the enjoyment of creature comforts which awaken and stir the senses. As an earth sign, the bull wants something they can “grab a hold of”  to point to as a symbol of certainty, whether it’s a career, relationship or money in the bank. The Leo Moon uses the Taurus Sun’s light to reflect an individual whose personality needs consist of identity validation, approval,  and the recognition and fundamental appreciation of their uniqueness. All of these emotional needs are ingredients to the puzzle of self esteem:

“Self esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as worthy of happiness.”

In order to be emotionally fulfilled, the Moon in Leo person must feel as if they have the necessary tools to not only “cope” as an individual,  but to flourish. With Leo’s sense of self-importance, there’s no “just getting by”. If that were to be the case, they might be viewed as “ordinary”, and in their book, that’s something too be avoided at all costs:

Needing to live up to a big and rather dramatized image of themselves, the Leo Moon person can be rather a show off. But they do it with such innocence and high expectations that they are often forgiven for their tendency toward self absorption and dramatization.”

When these Sun/Moon energies are blended, the tension which exists vacillates from wanting to keep conditions the same to desiring a growth and advance in the personality. A balance is required to maximize this placement. Stability of the most basic sort is required in our lives. However, part of acquiring self-esteem is the ability to successfully adjust to changes. To drop the script, act or image of this “big” person that you’ve convinced yourself that you need to embody and get on with the business of being yourself. If this path of authenticity is sought with great effort, the individual has the potential to be warmly inspiring and supportive to others who are also on their quest for self-actualization. In Nathaniel Branden’s book “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”, there’s a rundown of some basic ways self-esteem manifests in ourselves and others, many of which I deem applicable to the optimum use of the Taurus Sun/Leo Moon combination:

“Self-esteem expresses itself in a face, manner and way of talking and moving that projects the pleasure one takes in being alive. It expresses itself in an ease in talking of accomplishments or shortcomings with directness and honesty, since one is in friendly relationship to facts. It expresses itself in the comfort one experiences in giving and receiving compliments, expressions of affection, appreciation and the like. It expresses itself in an openness to criticism and a comfort about acknowledging mistakes because one’s self esteem is not tied to an image of “being perfect.”

“It expresses itself in one’s comfort with assertive (not belligerent) behavior in oneself and others. It expresses itself in an ability to preserve a quality of harmony and dignity under conditions of stress.”

Stability does not have to be synonymous with sameness or inertia. The highest compliment the Sun-Moon blend of Taurus and Leo can bestow upon the universe is to embrace taking the risks which come with the pursuit of authenticity and to implement personal changes over time which will allow them to meet the demands of genuine self-esteem.

References: “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” by Nathaniel Branden; “Person To Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex and Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo