Virgo : The Developmental Lessons

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“The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non essentials.”

-Lin Yutang

It’s amazing how much “stuff” is out there.

Just by logging on to any computer, or checking our e-mail we can open up the floodgates and it can be quite overwhelming. Not to mention a headache. Most of us want information that we can use. Unfortunately, a lot of what we encounter is not of the practical variety.

One of Virgo’s most important life tasks is becoming adept at the art of discrimination. Mastering the ability to analyze information, or enter into any situation and become an efficiency expert. Separating what’s truly important and useful from that which is fluff.  Identifying “the real McCoy” and minimizing  exposure to the world of trivia. Virgo’s have a tremendous capacity to improve whatever they come into contact with. By employing their powers of razor sharp critical thinking, they can show us all how to be better in all of our pursuits.

When sculptors produce their statues, they must first chip away at all of the marble that’s not needed. In time, they may create a masterpiece.

Virgo: Chip away at the trivial, unnecessary and non-essential. The personal sculpture you create will serve as your contribution to life.

Libra: The Developmental Lessons

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From the onset, it needs to be said that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, so when I write about sun signs, there are factors in the entire chart which are capable of heightening, suppressing or refining this energy.

As we proceed to look at the Libra archetype, the focus is now on the meaning of the scales’ function. After all, what exactly do scales do? They balance and they weigh.

Webster’s dictionary defines both a scale and a balance as:
“A beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends.”

Next, let’s examine the definition of weigh:
” To consider carefully, especially by balancing opposing factors or aspects in order to reach a choice or conclusion.”

This is the essence of the core life energy of Libra.

A large portion of Libra’s stimulus contains the balancing of their own ego recognition with the social acceptance of others. There is a continual weighing of what pleases others and the recognition of their own identity.

The process is lived out through the archetypal characters of the “nice” woman/man, the diplomat, the peacemaker, the smooth operator and the negotiator.

With this sign, the psychological need rests in being seen as attractive, fair, kind, and popular, and what better way to do that than to hold a continuous interest in what makes other people tick? To present yourself as charming and engaging, which in turn, puts others at ease and helps them feel important. An insightful quote from Alfred Adler, the Viennese psychologist, illustrates this point:

“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.”

Taking a look at all of the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, I would cast them all as possessing their own unique type of intelligence quotient:

Aries energy is inclined toward kinesthetic and leadership intelligence, Cancer is solidly rooted in emotional IQ. While Capricorn’s practical and managerial IQ is stellar,

Libra excels in social intelligence.

Libra energy is neatly attuned to seeing the “other side of the game” and opposing viewpoints seem to take on a particular fascination as a means to see “how the other half lives.” Libran’s are even inclined, to an extent, to take on the observer’s role when viewing themselves.

Like anything else, when this orientation is taken to the extreme, it tends to over function, which then presents itself as a dysfunctional display of behavior.

Consequently, an individual’s healthy social awareness has now denigrated to a stifling straitjacket because he/she is afraid to make a move or decision out of fear that someone will disapprove. Or, the “other’s” point of view has been under consideration so long, that they’ve completely forgotten about their own wants, needs and identity.

This is the time where the words of Albert Camus call for heavy consideration:

“To give oneself has no meaning unless one possesses oneself. You can give only what you have.”

After all, Libra: for you to be FREELY supported in your CENTER, you must BALANCE the weight on both ends: yourself, and the other side.

 

Cancer : The Developmental Lessons

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“The struggle to learn to listen to and respect our own intuitive , inner promptings is the greatest challenge of all.”
-Herb Goldberg

For those born with the Sun in Cancer, one of your essential developmental tasks is striking a balance between your emotionally vivid inner life and your interactions with the larger world. Consciously using your shell as an introspective haven of rest and retreat until it’s time to spring into action and handle earthly affairs.

One of the challenges of this task is making sure that intellect is not compromised by overly subjective emotional reactions. Conversely, that the ability to feel and take heed to intuitive promptings is not muted in the name of pure logic.

Cancers must yield to the signals of the still small voice within . It cannot, nor should it be ignored. In fact, these”gut feelings” may serve as markers which can call attention to potential dangers when a course of action is being contemplated.

On the flip side, using your internal radar can possibly link you to opportunities which are extremely beneficial on a spiritual, physical and psychological level.

Cancer: Listen not only with your ears and your mind, but also with your heart.

© 2017 by Sagittarian Mind Consulting

 

 

Scorpio : The Developmental Lessons

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As we make the transition from Libra season into Scorpio, theres a shift in dynamic which we feel unmistakably. The urge for the scales’ collaboration and refined social intercourse gives way to a more instinctual and raw gut-level reality which encapsulates survival. How well we adjust to this season depends on how willing we are to face the shadows. After all, were dealing with less light to operate with at this time of year. Not only physically, but also on a psychological level.

Astrologer Howard Sasportas once remarked that Astrological archetypes are like an elevator; we tend to live them out at varying levels throughout our lives. Some of us aspire to the top floor of a sign, while others may stay on the ground level. Out of all of the signs on the wheel of life, Scorpio is probably the most appropriate to fit this analogy. The mythology associated with the 8th sign of the zodiac provides us with material which suggests the path of development for Scorpio via the evolutionary levels of the Scorpion, Eagle and the Phoenix.

While these stages suggestprogression in Scorpios growth, the signs overall unfoldment constitutes a necessary synthesis of the three.

If theres any sign which has become the constant victim of Astrological tabloid fodder because of a fundamental misunderstanding and mischaracterization, its Scorpio. Many times, when the water signs are discussed, we would be hard pressed to wrap our minds around it being a part of that group.

We read about the warmth, sensitivity and intuitive gifts of Cancer and the immense empathy of Pisces. Then, all of the sudden, theres also this sex-crazed, ultra intense, potentially cruel and vindictive Scorpion standing on the fringes. Dead last in the “feeling” hierarchy.

To understand this sign, we must delve into the aforementioned levels of existence. All which are necessary to Scorpio.

Each zodiac sign requires a particular type of fuel to operate at optimal capacity. For Scorpio, plumbing the depths of life is essential to its existence as oxygen. Its vitality is maintained through the act of delving and probing deeply into areas of life which some of us may fear to tread. Scorpions are nocturnal creatures, so theyre comfortable in the dark.

Its not that they feel theyll never emerge from that place, but they’re in search of a truth which must encompass both the sacred and the profane. For Scorpio, this investigation wouldn’t be honest if it didn’t include all parts of our being, even the ones which make us cringe; the ones which we question whether or not theyre even fit for “human consumption.

Living at the level of the Scorpion, one navigates in a state of relative isolation and close to the ground, operating on instinct. Theres an acute sense of any type of danger, perceived or real. While there is a longing for passionate emotional engagement, theres also an overwhelming pull toward privacy and self-protection. This is not so much out of fear of rejection like theiwater sign counterpart Cancer, but more about the inner turmoil which constantly stirs because they feel like there may be too much vulnerability exposed by relinquishing control to others. Even if its death hangs in the balance, a Scorpion would rather sting itself than have anyone else decide any portion of its fate.

Transitioning to the Eagle level, the focus now widens to include more of the intellect. While the primal feelings remain intact, theres a fusion of the heart and mind which suggests a keen awareness in determining the motives of others. A penetrative perception which leads one to the heart of the matter minus all of the processed spin” of Libra, or the erudite and lofty musings of Sagittarius. This is the knot in the stomach and the tightened chest. The type of interactions where someone is squirming, but the bottom of the true essence of things is iclear sight.

While this analytical discernment is needed on this level of existence, power becomes a key player in the equation. He or she who has the information has the advantage. The lesson here is that power can be used to hurt or to heal, and living exclusively in this space can expose Scorpio to a misuse of its piercing mental faculties.

Staying in this place, one could undergo struggles filled with intense emotional upheaval all in the name of gaining a psychological advantage. Trying to get one up” on others because the residue of wariness and fear still lingers from the first stage of Scorpionic development.

As the case with all water signs, its a necessary step in their evolution to release” something to grow. For Cancer, its the past. Outdated emotional slights. Memories that no longer serve in forward progress. For Pisces, its the overfunctioning of the egos contents in service of merging with the divine source within.

For Scorpio, letting go of the insatiable need to control the emotional responses of others is a

golden key if they wish to rise to the level of the phoenix.

Successful navigation of these steps is a lifetime task. We may crash and burn several times, undergoing various metaphorical deaths and rebirths. Ultimately, whatever weve decided to do, the third and highest level of progression of Scorpio is always waiting on us.

To arrive at the Phoenix level is to have immense courage. To become as revealing of our own inner psyche as we are probing of everyone elses. To not only participate in nudity at the physical level via sex, but to also take the risk of the emotional nakedness and exposure of authentic relating to other human beings. To gradually, but surely show your hand. To stop staring through the hotel peephole and open the damn door and let someone inside.

A Phoenix has made the intentional and conscious decision to rise. Facing the shadow within themselves, bringing the contents to the light so they can be more effectively worked with.

Using their own story of transformation as a vehicle to heal others and encourage them to break through any self-imposed chains of imprisonment. This is how Scorpio uses the dark, as a resource, to cast greater light on the human condition.

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Taurus Sun, Scorpio Moon : “Black Magic”

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You have the potential to be a “practical magician”. The pep in your step and the glide in your stride is maintained through the continuous creation and attraction of beauty via the skillful utilization of your senses.

For you, there’s a certain comfort in familiarity, but it need not be to the point of stagnation or inertia. Keep in mind that your ultimate desire and nourishment lies in plumbing the depths and mysteries of the human heart and psyche.

Think “butterflies and demons”… yeah – that’s the visual. When you face your own monsters, you’re able to harness an inner peace akin to these picturesque, free flying and tranquil creatures. Your life unfolds as a continuous navigation between “face value” and unearthing the jewels contained in the mystical underworld of human refuse.

Through the incessant investigation of your innermost regions, a certain strength can emerge. A steadiness of character with a rock solid framework, who’s open to building wealth in all dimensions: mental, economic, emotional and spiritual. You may even discover that in one way or another, you stand to gain materially through your desire to discover what makes others tick.

Successful navigation of this blend allows you to simultaneously understand the basic desires of others as well as instinctively tune into deeper motivations, and WOE to those who cast you off as a “simpleton” without psychological sophistication.

Although you may display the facial expressions of an immovable object, below the surface, intensity boils and passion pulsates. You have a knack for recognizing worth which transcends dollars and cents.

For those with this blend, your theme song is : “Black Magic” (Make it Better) by Little Brother. You can listen right here: