Capricorn Sun, Sagittarius Moon

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Mission: To give concrete expression and embodiment to high-minded, universal principles.

Your spirit is stirred by contemplating questions of a colossal nature and the possibility of living the loftiest ideals. This naturally opens up the windows of your intellect. You have the potential to experience the ultimate in fulfillment through the exploration of life’s meaning. Within your psyche, there’s a sense that there MUST be a divine order to the universe and that things don’t just happen by “chance”.

It’s entirely possible for you to create solid and tangible structures in your life by honoring your aspirations to put your vision to work. You LITERALLY need to employ your dreams, making them a full time job. The high-flying, far-reaching arrows of philosophical thought can’t and won’t survive on inspiration alone.

In simple and direct language: you’re seeking to make what you FEEL – REAL. The life journey that you’ve signed up for can manifest to the world in a solid, mature and self-assured manner providing that you’re willing to make your life a love of labor and also pick a FOCUS as a labor of love. What I mean here is that it’s important to accept, and even relish the place that rigor, discipline and steadiness ans WORK have in your life.

Unfortunately, we continue to be bombarded with both direct and subliminal messages that claim we can obtain something for nothing in this world. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to believe that and it’s poisonous for someone with your astrological makeup to do so. It’s extremely important for you to use spirit constructively; to express what’s in the deepest recesses of your being practically.

A continual seeking of the purpose behind your actions can and will reveal a higher understanding of life. In fact, that spirit of boldly going wherever you need to go to learn is the beacon of light which can sustain you during the times where you may feel most isolated.

Incidentally, solitude is also something that you’re advised to learn how to navigate. There’s truth to the saying “It’s lonely at the top.” However, your sun/moon combination suggests that given the preparation and work, it’s your birthright to be there. You’re fueled by achievement and even by the obstacles which can cross your path while attempting to make things happen in the world.

You’re totally built for the honors and rewards which come as a result of a job well done, but will you commit to removing the potential blockages of fear, inadequacy and doubt from your mental and emotional sphere? Will you allow the penchant for truth which resides in your heart to express itself as openness rather than excessive self-judgement and criticism, or a heavy handed, dogmatic judgement of others? Deep down, you yearn to have status, and want your philosophies and opinions respected. You’re more than capable of influencing others and holding weight in this world, but you must possess a solid foundation rooted in logic and common sense in order to do so. Otherwise, your presence may only be viewed as “hot air” and grandstanding pomposity.

For someone who is successfully navigating this sun/moon combination, the picture manifests as a true model and embodiment of one’s beliefs. Someone who practices what they preach, and the actions are REAL and verifiable. You symbolize brick and mortar. A “rock” whose contents are filled with constructive habits and actions, versus someone who just wants to point everyone else in the direction of the work. You excel in strategy and management while you loathe big talk and sub-par results.

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Gemini Sun, Taurus Moon

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Your insatiable curiosity knows no bounds, but it’s important to you that you convert your clever ideas so that they add value to your life as well as the lives of others. The need to know vitalizes you to search for “real world” and material demonstrations of your immense adaptability.

While you require a solid and practical structure from which to operate, it most likely won’t dull your inclination to experiment with all of the diversity life has to offer. Your multi-faceted worldview along with a steady persistence can unfold as an uncanny ability to create wealth via the acuity of your mind.

Even if you’re not certain of where your thoughts or words may take you, you’re not one to give up once you decide to follow an idea trail.

To successfully navigate this sun/moon blend, understand your need to enjoy life through BOTH the intellect AND the senses. To simultaneously balance a healthy amount of stimulation and relaxation for both. If you fail to find a point of equilibrium, you might discover that alternate between an ultra powerful, elastic – yet UNFOCUSED stream of thought, and a body which comes addicted to comfort, and only wishes to operate under the umbrella of that which brings it pleasure.

In order to achieve the results you seek, which are connected to manifesting things materially, while eloquently explaining your sense perceptions, it’s important that you learn how to gain solidity of being; filtering out incessant external chatter in the name of grounded focus. With this solar/lunar combination, it’s meant for you to access and express your mental brilliance in a common sense way, where youthful exuberance and earthy wisdom meet.

 

Taurus Sun, Gemini Moon

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Predictable variety.

Sounds convoluted, huh?

Never fear, because your Sun/Moon combination of Taurus/Gemini is designed to be adept in navigating ambiguous terrain.

What you aspire to do is create structures which have value to yourself and others, and you’re fueled by the use of practical methods. Additionally your blend suggests needs connected to variety and flexibility. Always having “one in the chamber” for good measure. After all, what’s life without choices?

One of the lessons you’re here to learn is that having a generally solid plan doesn’t have to limit your options any more than consideration of multiple avenues suggests indecision. However,  you must find the point where the common sense of life experience meets the youthful vigor contained in your curiosity.

Feeling the need to participate in everything that you think about throws you off-center as do  rigid claims that there’s only ONE best method of operation under ALL circumstances, without embracing the possibility of alterations at any time.

There’s no cookie cutter formula for success. Indeed, sometimes “slow and steady” wins the race and it’s better for you to have basic fundamentals in place before you consider any fancy maneuvering.  An integration of stability and agility can do wonders in your overall fulfillment.

In relationships, it’s vital that you recognize and honor the peace and tranquility which helps you to maintain sanity and the intellectual stimulation which nourishes your soul. With either dynamic at play, remember that there’s no crime in taking one’s time.

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Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon, Sagittarius Rising

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You are moved in your heart by the vision of an ideal world and often process your experience by the way you think it “should be”.  The thought of potential and possibilities keeps you looking around every corner for opportunities.

When you DO discover them, you’ll find that they ask you to present a full version of yourself that you’re not always comfortable with everyone seeing- that’s the conundrum. Will you miss out on what life has to offer because you’re concerned about people seeing through your core?

Your astrological signature suggests solar power of wanting to penetrate yourself to the maximum degree while respecting the natural rhythms of life. Your fear must not be allowed restrict your flow or dull your instincts.

What you’re seeking is to present your most authentic self to the world and shake anything that would resemble paranoia off of your self-projection. Understand that you have the choice to view the world as a threatening OR an inviting place.

Think about how a micro issue can restrict you from living MACRO. It’s a big world out there and faith in your gut can take you far. When you understand how to harness and direct what may initially appear toxic or painful, in the appropriate direction, it can help you to realize that your wounds can be both instructive and empowering.

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Taurus Sun, Taurus Moon, Cancer Rising

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Life’s Mission: To create and sustain a solid sense of self through the utilization of a sacred space designed to process one’s feelings. Becoming a “rock” for oneself and serving as a “container” of physical and emotional well-being for others.

In order to use this astrological signature for constructive personal development, one must strongly consider exploring themes tied to emotional, physical and material security. Two of the ever-present questions that serve as a litmus test will be: “Can I trust it?” And “Does it feel safe?”

The fundamental lens through which you process experiences is founded on a goal of the constant deepening of your connection to life and others through relationships, while simultaneously creating and maintaining  a private inner space to ground and process the full gamut of emotions ranging from ecstatic elation to damning disappointment.

Not only does witnessing the unfolding of beauty, in the myriad of its forms and meanings feed your soul, it also serves as the type of fuel that you need to sustain your life’s work and vitality.  It’s important to consistently ask yourself: “Am I OK?”  As, being rooted in the NOW with your thoughts and feelings spurs optimal functioning.

Typically, you exude the type of presence which indicates an acute awareness of the feelings of other people as well as an innate receptiveness.  This is often misconstrued as an unabashed openness and you may be approached as such.  In cases like these, creating the proper boundaries and “owning” of energies between two people can’t be stressed enough.

Considering your elemental mix of earth and water and your temperamental synthesis of melancholic and phlegmatic, one of your reigning strengths lies in being both a “rock” and a vessel for others. Included in this box of resources is a generous offering of empathy, an unconditional listening response and the gift of vivid articulation of the language of the heart.  Because you’re able to excavate things from the often times crusty layers of the unconscious, it’s wise to staunchly protect your energy field. While others may be encouraged to lean on you, how heavily is a decision which has clear ramifications for you when it comes to your emotional health.

It also needs to be mentioned that when disordered, your private world carries the capability of being one not only of sheer serenity and pleasure, but also self-pity. One of the lessons you’re here to learn is that of identifying the differences between acknowledging, experiencing and DWELLING in your feelings. Even as a container, you require periodic release.

While it’s imperative for you to understand the “ebbs and flows of the tides”, how to  actively and consciously steer your ship from nostalgia to the now will prove to be a crucial part of navigating your psyche.

It can be easy for you to become stuck in the rut that says you must “keep it all together” for the sake of everyone else, but this is erroneous thinking.  Another growth catalyst is the recognition that living with the peace to which you aspire doesn’t equate with a disturbance free life. In fact, the very same forces that you deem as disruptive hold clues to something that needs to be corrected or adjusted in your life.

Metaphorically, if the “thud” of the burglar in our house in the middle of the night wasn’t heard or detected, there would be no sounding of the alarm, or the sense that someone wasn’t welcome. Thus, there would be no impetus to taking further action which could possibly save our lives.

You’re at your best when you confront your own disturbances and serve as a conduit to show others how to do the same. Projecting warmth and humanity, yet making the distinction as to where you end and where other people begin.

References: “The Well Tempered Astrologer: Using an Ancient System in Modern Astrology” (Article) by Dorian Gieseler  Greenbaum

Psychological Astrology by Glenn Perry

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Mercury Through The Signs : Aries – Gemini

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“I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other, and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms they’re interested in.” -Bill GatesCommunication.

Yes, it sounds simple enough. We talk, we listen and we understand. According to Merriam-Webster, communication is “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs or behavior.”  

Enter the Astrological Mercury. The planet, which represents communication on all levels: speech, writing, thought, opinions, connections. Mercury is how we learn. It’s what we talk about and what we think about. Getting the word out is one of this planets primary drives, as it excels in the distribution of information.

We even assign the word mercurial to those who exhibit the qualities of shrewdness, verbal dexterity and ingenuity. True to it’s speed as a planet in the cosmos, Mercury ‘s energy allows us to make perceptions with lightning speed. In fact, so fast that “right” , “wrong” , “good” and “bad” don’t necessarily have time to be calculated, as the planer is highly impersonal.  Remember the one about “don’t shoot the messenger?”

The sign where Mercury falls in your birth chart gives you clues to the manner in which you’re best suited to express your intellectual and communicative faculties. Also, what you prefer to discuss or what subject matter occupies a significant bit of brain space.
Since we’re all here, let’s chop it up about how you do your Mercury…..

Mercury in Aries

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Mercury in Aries wants what they want and they want it now! There is a communication style filled with immediacy in this placement. No time to beat around the bush. They say what they mean and they mean what they say. You might even find yourself being a little steamrolled if you’re more of a sensitive type. You can best believe that whenever Aries shows up to the party, a keyword is going to be action. Fire is evident in the speech of those with Mercury in Aries. If you’re ready to get the ball rolling with no holds barred, call on these folks.

Mercury in Taurus

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At first listen, you may want to start to label those with Mercury in Taurus as dull, unimaginative and rigid. However, upon further examination, you will find someone who has simply found comfort in the lines of established thinking. Furthermore, they have probably experienced some degree of success with it. Truth be told, yes… there are more creative placements that exude more style and flash, but Mercury in Taurus has mental stamina. The ability to take an idea and see it through to the end, whether bitter or sweet. The downfall of this placement is when they think their ONE idea is the ONLY idea and they sacrifice a chance at productive change for the comfort of cushy mental pillows. Sometimes life really is”no pain, no gain.”

Mercury in Gemini

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Mercury in Gemini is insatiably curious. There is not enough intellectual Gatorade present in the universe to quench this thirst.  Unlimited phone plans were tailored for these people. If you were able to hear brain wave activity with any type of clarity, it would probably sound like Twista and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapping. This is the quintessential Jeopardy, Scrabble, crossword puzzle and word search placement. Here’s the deal, though: one of the chief tasks of Mercury in Gemini is to be able to turn mere information into knowledge; theory into practice. These folks can’t be so busy gathering that they never stop and question the meaning.

 

 

Mercury Through The Signs: Cancer- Virgo

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Mercury In Cancer: Needs to speak “from the heart”. Potential adeptness at interpreting the unspoken language of feeling. Using the mental antennae to perceive emotional subtleties and cues, a.k.a the employment of “emotional i.q.” or “e.q.”. The ability to externalize inner emotional states with poetic refinement and sensitivity is a potential strength.

Mercury in Leo: The confident Orator. The boasting MC. Needs unique self to shine through when communicating. Thinking in a bold and self-assured fashion with a regal stature. Using colorful language with dramatic flair to attract attention and construct individual creative prowess.

Mercury in Virgo: Needs to communicate precisely, a.k.a. “right and exact”.  Taking the whole, disassembling the parts, and putting them back together “new and improved” to run more efficiently and utilitarian. The critic. The “red pen” editor. Crossed t’s and dotted i’s. Eliminating the superfluous in the written and spoken word.

 

 

Mercury Through The Signs : Libra-Sagittarius

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Mercury in Libra: This placement suggests potential for objectivity of thought. The desire and willingness to examine both sides of an issue. One of the most constructive routes toward fulfilling communication needs is the emphasis of harmony. Looking for “bridges” or points of mutual interest can assist those with this placement in tangible ways. In fact, your words can be used as a salve or social lubricant.

If there ever was a placement which conveyed  the message: “it’s not what you say, but how you say it.” This is it. However, this doesn’t mean that assertiveness in communication is never necessary. Even if you have to pick up a copy of “The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense” by Suzette Haden Elgin, know that confrontation is not something to be feared, only navigated.

Mercury in Scorpio: Mercury, when placed in Scorpio, immediately suggests an intensely penetrative, probing style of thinking and communicating. “Let no stone go unturned” could definitely be the motto for this planetary position.

Your search for truth can lead you to church, a forensics lab, or a seedy venue on a Friday night- it really doesn’t matter. In your mind, the sacred and profane are intertwined. When it comes to speaking, there’s the potential to wield influence over and persuade others, as a result of knowledge of their psychology. This is beneficial if it results in the constructive transformation of lives, but not so much if you’re attempting to brainwash people by having them drink your brand of kool-aid.

Mercury in Sagittarius:  The sky is the limit. Mercury in Sagittarius suggests free flying, panoramic thought. The need to develop and maintain a broad, comprehensive scope regarding relationships between different branches of knowledge is highly pronounced.

This placement highlights the inclination to synthesize ideas into a vast philosophical framework so they can be shared with the purpose of advancing the knowledge overall and converting it into understanding and wisdom.

Here’s the kicker: those with this placement need to remember that their new found understanding isn’t the only one that exists in the universe. A constructive use of Mercury in Sagittarius is using the openness of mind in service of tolerating the views of others. To accept that you have “two ears and one mouth”. Cultivating the ability to listen is paramount. We all have blind spots and none of us know it ALL. As a matter of fact, one of the hallmarks of wisdom is to recognize where we’re ignorant. Take note.

 

Mercury Through The Signs: Capricorn-Pisces

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Mercury in Capricorn: Mental focus. The practical thinker. The “steel trap” mind. When placed in Capricorn, the intellectual faculties have the potential to operate with structure and organization. There’s a leanness with words, suggesting more of a concern with using the “right” ones which will ultimately carry weight, versus overloading the airwaves with superfluous explanations.

There’s an inclination for individuals with this placement to study subject matter of a serious nature. Also, light office chat around the water cooler is strictly prohibited. Developmental areas consist of transcending the fear of being “wrong”, which can paralyze or inhibit the capacity to communicate effectively. Remember: the steel trap mind can also be resilient, which can help you ward off the criticisms of others. Allowing the potential negative reviews of others to restrict your avenues of communication robs you of your gift of becoming a potential wordsmith.

Mercury in Aquarius: The futurist. Mercury in Aquarius suggests the potential to communicate in a manner that’s uniquely one’s own. With this placement, you’re forming your personal language that speaks to your spirit.

There’s a progressive. liberal and tolerant bent to one’s intellectual faculties, being open to the new and untried. Avant- garde and fresh approaches excite you. There’s also potential for the lightning-quick, instantaneous grasp of holistic understanding, which could be considered flashes of brilliance.  Developmental concerns are “giving up” on one’s own mind because others don’t seem to be thinking the way that you do. Also, intellectual rebellion which isn’t based on principle, but on a need to detach from the herd.

Mercury in Pisces: The Intuitive creative. Mercury in Pisces suggests a mental connection to the intangible realms of life. Also, potential access to ethereal worlds and the ability to obtain information that defies logical explanation. An acute picture-making faculty as well as an active dream and fantasy life are strengths of this placement. Dysfunctional expressions of this placement are selective memory, using words to deceive, confuse or manipulate; the inability to distinguish fantasy from reality or the creation of another mental world to escape feelings of discomfort.

 

Taurus South Node, Scorpio North Node

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When we seek to investigate the Taurus-Scorpio nodal axis, its ruling planets, Venus and Mars immediately come to mind.  Venus rules Taurus and Mars rules Scorpio (Pluto also shares affinity with Scorpio.)

With this axis, the quest to integrate life’s pleasures with the mentality of a warrior and an investigator, steps out to the forefront. To use these nodes effectively (i.e. to advance one’s interests) an honest acknowledgement of how one’s physical and psychological needs require synthesis needs to happen. In other words, an exploration of life based on the premise that there’s more than meets the eye, is of paramount importance.

Although good, solid “common sense” is held dear, the shift must be made to incorporate all of the senses as informants when it comes to one’s internal and external world. This particular nodal axis seeks to merge the Venus and Mars ruled archetypes into a functional relationship, and this requires attention and concerted effort. With the Taurus South Node, one is well-versed and familiar with peace, creative comforts and the overall enjoyment of life. With Scorpio in the picture, the desire to penetrate mysteries, pierce veils and get below the surface is so thick it can be cut with a knife.

The education within these nodes is multidimensional. The first facet of instruction is that anything that’s worth digging for takes effort, and this includes the journey within ourselves. There’s a big question contained in this nodal axis, and it centers around complacency, which can be masked as serenity.

Picture yourself walking down the street and making eye contact with someone, and they don’t know what to really say or do, so they flash a half-hearted, plastic grin your way. This can pass as a “greeting”, but we all know it’s not authentic. Your job is to penetrate until you get to the truth, no matter what it is.

One of the most important things that one needs to learn where the Taurus/Scorpio nodes are concerned is that just because something is enjoyable doesn’t mean there’s more authenticity involved, and how you measure the amount of worth and value something or someone has in your life shouldn’t necessarily be based on how many good feelings emerge as a result of your association.

This is not to say that your life shouldn’t be enjoyed,  However, the universe is asking you to achieve a more complete satisfaction at a different level. In fact, this is a shift, where you’re being asked to move from your “comfort” zone to creating value in and restoring gut-level truth and authenticity as a priority.

Reading between the lines is a faculty that needs to be developed. This may not feel good, but it’s essential to understand that a certain amount of anxiety (while not in excessive form) can serve as an instrument to further investigation of people and phenomena which can yield sharper and more acute analysis.

The Taurus-Scorpio nodal axis is about the reclamation of your fighting spirit. In many cases, the Moon is the “go to” when security and safety is being discussed, but Venus, the ruler of Taurus makes a compelling case as well.  If anything, it’s a branch of the same tree because it’s associated with all that we find pleasurable.

With this nodal arrangement in one’s birth chart, one must proceed in life with the correct definition of intimacy.  It can’t be stressed enough that to be intimate with something or someone is to know that thing or person VERY WELL. However, this doesn’t necessarily suggest COMFORT with whatever or whomever is revealed.

While your accommodating tendencies can be a source of familiarity, your true growth centers around moving away from interpreting human behavior strictly through the lens of face value and integrating psychological and investigative savvy which will allow you to ferret out deeper motives than simply how someone presents a situation.

Taurus is associated with creating and adding value while Scorpio is related to penetrating and arriving at the core. If you’re successful at combining these two, you can embrace living a deeper and richer existence because you’ll ENJOY seeing through all of the bullshit that’s presented to all of us on a daily basis. You can find PLEASURE in being a person who has taken the time and effort to be well-informed and won’t be duped or lied to any longer.

Mars, the planetary ruler of Scorpio is about risk, among other things. While it’s easy to be captivated and attracted to appearances, the “simple” and the “natural” may also be devices which prey on your naivete. It’s important to take the severing of some relationships as par for the course when you attempt to shift from pleasure to depth penetration. That’s not for the faint of heart and those who don’t wish to upgrade their relationship with you based on your continued growth won’t be in your circle for very long.

Essentially, what you’re doing is re-framing your view of personal power, which is an important piece to your nodal puzzle. All of the things that we’re told are sinful and that we shouldn’t have our hands in, you’re being summoned to explore: SEX, power ( who has it, how it’s acquired, used and distributed), politics ( from the governmental level down to the corporate office), “deviance”, crime and the underworld. Your question to yourself needs to be: what am I learning about myself through this exploration?

You may find that instead of dividing the world into “saints and sinners” that you’re able to reconcile both dynamics within yourself, along with a host of others, so the need to project these potentials on others is eliminated. If this is the case, you’re on the right track.

Your nodal story discards the narrative of “goodness” and “badness” and honors wholeness.

References:  North Node Astrology: Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose by Elizabeth Spring.

The Astrology of Self-Discovery by Tracy Marks

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