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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Gemini Sun, Leo Moon, Aquarius Rising

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The freedom to circulate like air fuels your vitality. The sooner you recognize your many facets and realize that it’s impossible for you to be trapped in any type of box- the better.

Your emotional needs center around issues of self-confidence and honest acceptance of your uniqueness. You must feel validated from the inside in order to be fulfilled. Much of your life’s journey is about exercising youthful curiosity and asking the right questions, which will yield useful information and expanded understanding.

The primary lens through which you process your experience is one which challenges what some would refer to as “customary” or “normal”.

For you, the status quo is something to be questioned at all costs. You seek to serve and uplift humanity on a large scale and will find that exercising your ability for objective detachment will allow you to see people and issues from a much wider view, which automatically increases everything you’re able to take into your storehouse.

For your being to illuminate, it’s important that you feel literate in the most authentic sense. To be engaged in that which stimulates you energizes your life force . Even if you come across ideas which may be “conflicting” , you somehow have a knack for understanding and navigating life’s dualities.

For you, the key component which needs to be incorporated is genuine self-esteem.  That is, the ability to develop your personal identity and subsequently attach a value to it. Do you like what you see? How do you feel about what you’re becoming?

Because the work of the Gemini Sun is done through the Leo Moon, your specialness must be solidified and enjoyed before you can do the work of exploring all of your dimensions. It’s also important to recognize that rejection of certain parts of yourself can limit your capacity to connect with others and this will debilitate that Aquarius rising “common touch” that you would regularly display under more healthy circumstances.

Enjoy being yourself with all of your quirks, never stop asking relevant questions and use differences in people as a vehicle to gain more understanding of yourself and others.

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Libra Sun, Cancer Moon, Gemini Rising

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As the chief engineer of this astrological signature, your prime need is to foster a sense of emotional safety, which propels your aspirations of establishing equal partnerships built upon trust, reciprocity and kindness. Your immediate entrance into the world is flanked by an innate curiosity, which suggests an adroit “scanning” of your immediate environment for any pertinent information which will allow you to navigate it more intelligently.

The lens of observation, questioning and classification is used to process your experiences and form your worldview.

With this blend, mental flexibility,  emotional intelligence and social savvy can serve you as a solid strengths. One of the keys to the successful structuring of your energies is to understand that it’s unhealthy for you to live exclusively in the mind or the heart. Ideally these two units are supposed to serve as guides and informers for the other. To know when to make the transition in order to get where you need to go is one of your most important developmental tasks.

Another major lesson to be learned centers around how to develop a flexible definition of what constitutes internal security. To understand that safety doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of changing conditions, nor does it consist of a soul numbing predictability.

What you must do is locate the equilibrium which is most compatible with your overall temperament.

While you can certainly hold on to the ideal of living in an environment which is non-threatening and devoid of attempts at manipulation and exploitation, you must also employ your fortitude and the inner knowing that your adaptability renders you capable of handling such circumstances should they arise. Your tenacity and ingenuity will be the crafters of your eventual exit strategy.

 

Sagittarius Sun, Virgo Moon : “Don’t Sweat the Technique”

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The practical application of knowledge and the efficient use of your philosophical understanding are two areas of irrefutable importance in your life. One of the largest questions for you becomes: “How can I make the best of what I have?”

When releasing your arrows of thought into the universe, having a precise direction or location is something that has the potential to benefit you greatly.

While the desire to see the big picture fuels your lifeblood, there is also a need to pick things apart and get down to the minutiae. Always asking what life is all about in the larger sense, while simultaneously figuring out how to refine its processes, and combining your insights and offering them as service to humanity.

To know that you’re making a difference strikes a major chord in your psyche. You’re rewarded by the feeling of catapulting yourself into a situation where throughout the process, there are obvious signs of continuous improvement. On the flip side, if you’re operating dysfunctionally, you may be inclined to shout a sermon from the rooftops on everything that’s “wrong” with someONE or something both morally and structurally.

” And now, I stay on target and refuse to miss”. 

Those words were uttered by the legendary Rakim, in your theme song: “Don’t Sweat the Technique”

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Gemini Sun, Libra Moon

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Gemini and the Moon in Libra, the person is fueled by variety of perspectives. The core life energy is geared toward quenching an almost insatiable intellectual curiosity. This consists of gathering facts, classifying information, defining and labeling with the ultimate goal of differentiation.

The Sun’s placement in Gemini suggests the the potential to express oneself with mental agility as well as strength in logical analysis.

The Libra Moon uses the Gemini Sun’s light to reflect a personality whose essential need is to balance acceptance of self with societal approval. There is an emotional need to be seen as a humane, kind and affable person. Someone who “gets along with everyone.”

Harmonious relations are what nourish the individual with the Moon in Libra. The placement suggests that if effort is applied, a considerable amount of progress can be made in building bridges and finding common ground with others.

When this Sun-Moon blend is operating dysfunctionally within a person, they have the potential to be the MASTER conflict dodger. Since the Gemini Sun’s placement suggests the life energy that surrounds verbal dexterity: a.k.a, being slick with words, and “rubbing others the wrong way” is a Libra Moon’s anathema, facing the reality that disagreements are going to happen can pose as a challenge.

Astrologer Hadyn Paul writes:

“Your need for approval may mean that you follow the group path rather than listening to your own inner promptings or your own personal needs, due to a fear of becoming ostracized or alienated from group acceptance. You need to belong, and this need is projected out onto social groupings, but perhaps the deeper need is that of owning and reflecting your whole nature.

In trying to please others and make yourself indispensable you may be repressing areas of your own nature, especially the moon qualities resulting in emotional repression and denial of your own feeling instincts.

In an attempt to minimize disharmony, Libra can tend to evade, whether inner or outer, especially those painful areas of self and life, preferring to ignore or run away from them. This is often the case where the alternative is to face up to the realities of a relationship where the need is for direct confrontation designed to resolve developing differences and for a deeper level of communication to clear the air.”

The key to using this Sun-Moon blend effectively is to develop the capacity for communicating and relating at deeper levels even though the result may not necessarily carry the breezy “lightness” that you’re used to.

Also, to use the gift of gab and social astuteness as not only vehicles to align yourself with others, but also as devices to help navigate conflict resolution rather than the wholesale avoidance of confrontation.

Reference: Queen of the Night: Exploring the Astrological Moon by Hadyn Paul (Element Books)

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Astrology & Compatibility: Eliminating the Myth of the “Perfect Match”

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“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

Where intimate relationships are concerned, there seems to be an ongoing debate regarding the significance of zodiac signs and astrology in general.

Some think astrology is quite helpful as a tool for self knowledge and it’s ability to highlight the themes and tendencies which may be present in their personal relationships, while others cast astrology as containing minimal merit and even playing  on the naivete and desperation of individuals who are searching for answers as to why they cannot find their dream partner or soulmate.

In true Sagittarian fashion, I’m going to give it to you straight.

Astrology is a strikingly profound art. When used constructively, practically, and with honorable intentions, it can reveal a great deal of valuable information regarding our compatibility with another individual.

 

However, what it doesn’t reveal is the level of consciousness at which we, or the partners we are comparing ourselves with are living out in our birth charts. Astrology does not tell us how mature we are or how accountable we are for our behavior.

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In synastry,(a.k.a. relationship astrology) having a “good” chart does not let you off the hook in maintaining the relationship any more than having a beautiful front lawn excuses you from mowing and caring for it.

Conversely, while a “difficult” chart may indicate challenges, if addressed earnestly, the two individuals may produce an inseperable union built on integrity, trust and mutual respect.

If we truly plan on using astrology for guidance in dating and relationships the way it was intended, the best method of operation is for us to know ourselves first.

Let’s have our charts interpreted by a competent professional astrologer. Or, at the minimum, explore a reliable free website to obtain a copy of our birth charts.

Through active participation we will be vastly more equipped to delve into, and evaluate, with discrimination, the wealth of information available in books and cyberspace. It is a requirement that we develop a thorough understanding of our own astrological dynamics, or we will find ourselves forever uttering the dreaded sentences:

“I’ll never date a (insert zodiac sign) again” or 
“I don’t date (insert zodiac sign)”

For example, let’s say that you are now praising the celestial gods because you’ve found your “ideal” Pisces Man/Woman, and it appears that you’ll never have to deal with the cold, remote and impersonal Aquarian energies that give you the heebie- jeebies.

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However, you never looked deeply enough into the totality of astrology to find out that he/she’s an Aquarius rising with a stellium of the moon, mercury and venus in aquarius in the 11th house. True, the individual may have a Pisces sun, but a major portion of their chart reflects the same Aquarian flavoring that you were so intent upon escaping from.

We may need to participate in some serious self-examination and ask ourselves honest questions regarding whether we’ve discovered another convenient scapegoat on which to pin our anxieties, insecurities and frustrations.

Or, we sincerely want to incorporate astrology as a viable system of assistance and insight, into our relationships.

Another point worth considering is: through astrological research,  we may  discover that what’s holding us back is US.

OUR fears, phobias, baggage, complexes, etc… which we have conveniently projected upon the Scorpios, Sagittarians and Libra’s of the world. Maybe we’re not personifying the highest energies of our individual planetary placements and relationships. Difficult to read? Yes. Worth considering? Also yes.

 

When we reduce or remove accountability from the equationand minimize the power of our own efforts at self-improvement, we have not only failed astrology, but more importantly failed ourselves.

Working in our best interest, we allow astrology to serve us as a tool, we don’t serve IT, coupled with the self-deception that some irreversible cosmic fate awaits us.

So, who is your astrological dream match?

The answer is YOU.

The better YOU that you’re becoming. The YOU that you’re sincerely and consistently working to improve. YOU, with all of your strengths, talentsgifts, flaws and challenges. The wiser YOU, who, through experience has become more enlightened, liberated from past hurts, and more loving.

The life-affirming and positive YOU, who is ready to embark on the journey of becoming fully engaged in relating to another human being in an honest, intimate and heartfelt manner. Respecting and honoring your individual destinies, while sharing a collective quest.

Know and become yourself, and watch your world expand.         

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Cancer Sun, Aries Moon, Sagittarius Rising

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At virtually every turn, society sends out both grandiose and subtle messages that we should be afraid of the coming days. Visuals of elderly couples looking behind couch pillows to find money and preachers sweating feverishly telling us we’re going to burn in hell assault our psyches on a daily basis. As a result, our motivation to grasp our personal power as a collective vacillates between sparks of motivation and the floundering of victimhood.

If you’re reading this and you have the Sun, Moon, Ascendant blend of Cancer, Aries and Sagittarius, it’s important for you to know that the optimal use of your energies can result in someone who has banished internal fears and decided to open themselves up to living live on their own terms despite the daily dose of conditioning we receive via our age, gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, class, size, etc…

For you, the work of a strong self-awareness and intimate connection with your inner being is done through embracing risk, and embarking on challenges which will test your courage. Self-exposure is not necessarily easy for you, but it will provide a platform which will help you grow.

Your astrological signature suggests that you’re nurtured by facing your fears and there’s a spurt of development every time you do so.  What you really need to do is proceed through life with an intrepid attitude. Whether you’re fighting for a cause or feeding yourself through internal or external competition,  it’s a must that you go with the inclination to test yourself . You need goals and battles that will keep your blood pumping and adrenaline rushing. if you didn’t know, or have ever doubted that you have the heart of a warrior: NOW YOU KNOW.

The vehicle or lens through which you approach the world is telescopic. You need broad experiences and some type of guiding philosophy which will assist you in extracting meaning from your life. A good word for you is ENGAGED. It’s a necessity that you maximize your involvement with the world through consulting your feelings: listening to them and using them as a trusted advisor. The continuous challenge contained in this process is actually less of what you feel and more how you will decide to direct emotional energy. Simply put: anytime you feel the need to wallow in self-pity, understand that you’re using the same arsenal which can be infused in approaching and furthering your life, in any facet that you choose.

Intellectual and physical travel will help you immensely, as to understand that the whole world is waiting for YOU, no matter how you slice it. In every language or culture, you could translate a maxim which explains how giving into fear paralyzes us. This isn’t to say that you won’t ever be afraid of anything as you travel through life, but the key is to march forward in spite of it and not allow yourself to be immobilized.

An honoring of your internal radar, coupled with courageous action and a big picture worldview are part of your cosmic instructions.

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Aquarius : The Developmental Lessons

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In order to develop your human potential and use it as an instrument for your liberation, it needs to be understood that your education has to be a subversive activity versus being a program for unquestioned compliance.

One of the messages in your life that must ring loud and true is that your evaluation of what’s personally rewarding  needs to be self structured, as opposed to being implanted or inculcated from outside forces.

Aquarius, in its association with Uranian eccentricity and being ruled by the pragmatism and common sense of Saturn, carries two distinct messages: (1) If you’re not rebelling, in some form,  against the prevailing order, it needs to be seriously examined and (2) If there’s no structure, strategy or organization in your insurgency, there’s equal cause for concern.

As  I’ve frequently stated, effective Astrology produces more thought-provoking questions than answers.  Your questions center around the role that conformity and non-conformity plays in your life.

It bears examination that conformity, in itself isn’t a negative thing. In some cases it’s necessary and desirable for the achieving of a concrete goal.  In fact, you’ll most likely realize that in some areas of your life you’ll even have to concede to some version of conformity and it’s merely a matter of what parts of yourself require this concession. That being said, it doesn’t deem you any less “revolutionary”.

“Exactly what am I conforming to?”

“Does it require or deserve my conformity?”

“Why am I conforming or not conforming?”

“To what ends will my conformity or non-conformity advance/restrict my cause?

Keep in mind that your particular brand of resistance isn’t designed to discover the ways that you can best “adjust” to the status quo, but rather to initiate through ideas, and participate through action, in changing the nuts and bolts of the ENTIRE system or systems that you find restrictive or oppressive.

Again, let’s not lose sight of a need for direction and definition.

In your inverted or maladjusted form, you can be a staunch advocate for all that’s “traditional”, upholding the present state of affairs to the degree that it serves your particular and selfish interests (read: ” I got mine, now get yours). There can even be a feeling of superiority in upholding the “rules”.

You can become a rebel without a cause, or consciously choose less threatening and consequential measures of eccentricity under the veneer of “making a statement.”

The Aquarius Archetype:

The Rebel. The Weirdo. The Beatnik, The Revolutionary. The Futurist. The Eccentric. The Free Spirit. The Reformer. The Activist. The Mad Scientist. The Non-Conformist.  The Individualist.

Aquarius carries the element of Air with a fixed modality which speaks to concepts and is well suited to resistance and determination.  When we examine the water bearer, we immediately think to ask: What’s in the water?  Also,  What are you bearing?

My answer, although incomplete, is enough to get one’s mental wheels churning: those with major Aquarian Energy (Sun & other personal planets) are bearing the tools needed to awaken (and even shock on some level) the masses through the questioning of the status quo. Contained in the archetypal Aquarian makeup is the psychologically undeniable need for emancipation and reform. As to how that’s achieved: avenues vary.

Those with this heavy water-bearing influence are inclined to experiment more than most because, when MATURE, Aquarian energy lacks a slavish attachment to ultimate outcomes and has a greater concern with possible pathways for innovation. Hence, the neutralization of significant approval needs grants much more breathing room than those who are constantly looking over their shoulder for validation. The developmental jewel here is to INTENTIONALLY structure one’s own standards and programs for self-recognition.

In a positively functional and empowered state, the Aquarian has accepted that ridicule, intermittent bouts of alienation, and isolation comes with the territory of their mission on earth, and these are less important than what they’re seeking to locate and bring out of themselves for the benefit of humanity.

When one allows external dictates to predominate, they become prey to the prescriptions for conformity indicated by the research of Edward Walker and Roger Heyns:

” If one wishes to produce conformity for good or evil, the formula is clear. Manage to arouse a need or needs that are important to the individual or to the group. Offer a goal which is appropriate to the need or needs. Make sure that conformity is instrumental to the achievement of the goal and that the goal is as large and certain as possible. ”

“Apply the goal or reward at every opportunity. Try to prevent the object of your efforts from obtaining an uncontrolled education.  Choose a setting that’s ambiguous. Do everything possible to see that the individual has little or no confidence in his own position.

“Do everything possible to make the norm which you set to appear highly valued and attractive. Set it at a level not too far initially from the starting position of the individual or the group and move it gradually toward the behavior you wish to produce. Be absolutely certain you know what you want and that you’re willing to pay an enormous price in human quality, for whether the individual or the group is aware of it or not, the result will be CONFORMITY”

(Italics and caps mine)

The temptation here, is to pursue the “dangled carrot” and to choose ultra-conformity, based on a mirage of  security as opposed to a springboard or necessity to more organizationally insubordinate endeavors.

Your theme song is “What They Do” by The Roots. Take a listen:

Notes:  Intro To Psychological Astrology by Glenn Perry,  “An Anatomy For Conformity” by Edward Walker and Roger Heyns (1962, Prentice  Hall, Inc.)

 

 

Virgo Sun, Scorpio Moon, Gemini Rising

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If there ever was a need to dig deeply AND penetrate precisely into this thing called life, it’s reflective of this Sun/Moon blend.  Your fuel is efficiency and analysis. You’re energized by being able to size up a situation or person and instantly conclude what can be “tightened up” or made better.  In short, you have the potential to be the ultimate efficiency expert. However, that’s not all.

Your emotional needs call for deep involvement and depth exploration. After all, you want to be regarded as significant and in control of your environment. What sustains you is knowing that there’s an opportunity to go beyond the superficial gloss and get right down to the nitty-gritty of something, even if it has repugnant undertones. The gifts of tremendous focus and intensity are your birthright.

Your perception of life is multi-faceted and curious. The lens through which you process experience can be adjusted to fit the specific circumstance of the situation. Intellectual inquiry is the vehicle which allow you to better serve humanity, which is what you’re here to do. it’s important that you make the distinction between service and servitude, for you are no one’s slave and not to be taken advantage of, and woe to the person who makes attempts to do so.

If you’re self-aware, your level of psychological sophistication tends to be well-developed. But, there’s a deep fear of losing control and becoming vulnerable which can lead to an obsessive need to control the elements around you through the same manipulative means that you despise in other people.

At your best, you have an incredible versatility and others feel deeply understood by you because of your blend of razor-sharp logic and emotional intelligence. At your worst, you have a slick tongue that plays mind games and there’s a private enjoyment in withholding your true thoughts and feelings as a control mechanism.

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Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon, Scorpio Rising

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The drive for deep involvement and the seeking of emotional honesty in people and situations is the vehicle through which you navigate life. The lens through which you process experience is one with acute sensitivity to raw truth and undercurrents.

Simultaneously, this facilitates a serious need to develop and maintain your emotional integrity, i.e. being exactly about what you espouse. This entire dynamic is fueled by the alliances that you form with others, as you’re energized by relating in its most authentic sense.

In fact, the quality and state of your relationships at any given time is an accurate barometer of what you’re addressing or failing to confront within your own psyche. The gains that you witness regarding your ability to examine yourself objectively and without judgment will be directly reflective of the level of emotional maturity that you’ve reached.

Because you desire to live a life of depth and all that comes with it, this may require you to create a space within yourself that you visit when you feel that you’ve been wronged, disappointed or betrayed by others. This is your inner sanctuary where you process and then let go as to prevent toxic buildup of emotions.

You have no problem being “out front”, as this combination indicates strong purpose and a shrewdness which can prove to be strikingly effective in artfully managing or guiding others because you have a talent of recognizing underlying motivations as well as an eye on the practical.

Ideals illuminate your life and your strategic sense and social intelligence can certainly bring you far in meeting them. However, it’s advisable to understand the lengths you will or won’t go to achieve your aspirations, as an abuse of power and obtaining advantages by underhanded means is a disordered expression of this combination.