Virgo Sun, Libra Moon, Sagittarius Rising

 

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For an individual with this Astrological signature, an emotional investment in personal relationships leads one to the proper tools for self-improvement and self-expression. When one’s self-esteem is well-developed, the immediate sense of how they can be of value to others becomes apparently clear.

Within this cosmic makeup, themes of being energized by service to humanity emerge,  as well as experiences which require one to cut the ungainly parts from themselves in order to become more efficient and refined in one’s personal endeavors.

The filter through which life’s theme is processed is a wide-angle lens.

Ideally, your path consists of pushing boundaries to constantly widen one’s window of the world and putting all of the pieces together in an eclectic collage of understanding. You’re one to look for the “signs” about how the universe works and extract what you believe is a deeper meaning from experience. Ultimately, the goal for you is to seek truth wherever you can find it and it’s important that you make your vision as large as possible as to how this can be accomplished.

Life is to be led pondering the enduring, open-ended questions and the information gathered is to be distilled for understanding and retained for the sake of helping one’s relationships to operate with an increased level of competence and responsibility.

Your nourishment comes through engagement with other people and your aim is to draw them out of themselves so you can then see how they can be more easily helped. The danger here is offering unsolicited advice and “wearing out your welcome.”

Learning discrimination in offering your insights is a key lesson to be learned for you. If your inclination for rational analysis and social intelligence are working effectively, identifying “teachable moments” should provide a sense of enjoyment for you as well as a feeling of accomplishment.

It bears consideration that there can be a pronounced strength to relate to others irrespective of their station in life. However your capacity for “critical thinking” must be used in a manner which conveys a genuine and kind desire to be of help as opposed to actual criticism, unless it’s directed toward the issue at hand and not the person.

You have the potential to gain mental distance, as to get an objective view and also to play the long game and consider how the parts affect the whole.

Where intimate relating is concerned, intellectual stimulation is a must. You prefer the rapport which is more “civilized” in nature as opposed to half-baked conversations which have no grand ideas to ponder. What some may refer to as snobbery, you call sophistication.

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Developmental Lessons For Aquarius

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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 Humanitarian. The Mad Scientist. The Non-Conformist.  The Individualist. Ms./Mr. Socially Conscious.

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”

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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.

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

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Planetary Portraits: Mars in Gemini

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Energy application toward intellectual development.

With this placement, verbal sparring is par for the course. One’s will is exercised via verbal communication and there’s effort expended toward satiating curiosity by seeking information, classifying , naming and categorizing. The drive is toward discovering how everything fits into the framework of one’s everyday existence.

Sexual energy tends to “flit” and be inclined toward variety, which one may discover through tremendous experimentation with a particular individual or exploration with multiple partners. One was be “warmed up” mentally to even gain the desire for physical stimulation.  Here, one’s deepest thirst is for intellectual intercourse.

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Planetary Portraits: Mars in Sagittarius

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Energy application through opinion.

There’s a missionary quality that’s illustrated by this placement.  Having the “right” answer is important, but there can also be a blind centering of oneself as the one and only truth bearer. It’s vital for one’s perspective to align with a personal belief system when Mars is placed in Sagittarius. There’s a desire present to elevate discourse, provoke thought and broaden the scope of one’s vision as well as the perspectives of others.

Sexual style is expressed in an adventurous, open-minded and uninhibited fashion, but can be prone to overindulgence when maladaptive. When ethics are taken into consideration, going “above and beyond” and exploring new heights and vistas with a willing partner is the more healthy manifestation.

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Aquarius Sun, Virgo Moon

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There’s nothing like progress that you can actually measure.

This Sun/Moon combination is asking you to make this a priority.  Your overarching intention is to challenge what’s generally accepted, but it’s essential to have precise strategies and formulas for doing that. Mind you, this is for you to figure out YOUR way and this doesn’t have to be a situation of slavish imitation or riding off of the coattails of others.

For you, critical thinking, the need for improvement of self and systems and observational analysis can be employed to support the aims of the change agent.  You’re being challenged to link the mental and emotional, as both serve a function as allies when integrated.

In using this blend optimally, one must exercise the patience that’s required to examine the component parts of a system, situation or person without jumping to hasty conclusions. It must be remembered that change just for the sake of it can also be REGRESSIVE. Just because your insights are considered “radical” doesn’t automatically qualify them as being helpful unless carefully and correctly applied.

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Aries Sun, Taurus Moon

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The fuel of fiery self-assertion is reflected in a personality which has an emotional need for stability and to conserve one’s resources, as to be prepared for and equal to the challenges that identity development brings.

Element wise, we have a combination of fire and earth. Concerning modalities, the initiating cardinal and sustaining fixed energies permeate this blend.  It’s said that when we travel the zodiac, the sign that follows has the “answer” to the preceding sign.

In the case of Aries and Taurus, this provides the endurance to finish what one starts.

Aries specializes in beginnings, spearheading and enterprising, while Taurus provides a structure and creates value out of what was initiated.

With this blend, one must seek out opportunities to test one’s courage and intestinal fortitude. In most cases, this consists of taking  a variety of risks.  Simultaneously, the developmental tools to curb impulsiveness and provide the necessary calculations are firmly in place.

It’s important to note that fear can be healthy in some instances as long as one’s capacity for action doesn’t become immobilized allowing paralysis or unhealthy inertia, based on complacency to prevail.

Aquarius Sun, Libra Moon

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Your life purpose is enveloped in themes of utilizing refinement and intelligence to propagate and advance humanitarian ideals, which are also revolutionary in nature. Also, galvanizing groups of people to assist you in your cause(s).

The fuel which maintains your vitality is comprised of the questioning of socially implanted “authorities” in order to more fully claim your personal one. You also have an emotional need to form relationships where you can take others on that journey with you. This needs to be done strategically.

It would benefit you to think about the use of subtlety when it comes to introducing your originality to others.  Referencing Robert Greene’s law 38 in his book “The 48 Laws of Power”

“Think as you like , but behave like others”.

Greene goes on to state:

“It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.”

What you can learn by exploring this idea is the difference between the manner in which something is presented and the ultimate outcome it may have.

With this blend, you’re encouraged to employ futurism in your thinking. It’s important to never underestimate the power of getting your “foot in the door”. This is far more important than feeling you have to make a radical display of doing so.  Your impact can be more deeply felt on the back-end and the results you generate can then speak volumes.

Venus in Virgo, Mars in Gemini

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Contained in this Venus/Mars combination is the potential for swift and clever mental dexterity which is illustrated by the mutable energy of Virgo and Gemini. Elementally, the practicality and common sense of earth and the curiosity and experimental bent of air are attempting to adjust to one another in a developmentally tense relationship.

In synthesis, there’s a marked efficiency in relationships which tends toward compartmentalization. One knows exactly the specific purpose that people serve in their lives. In fact, one may maintain friendships where all of the people involved rarely intersect.  For you, discrimination is simply the need to be selective in your socialization with others, always keeping the motivations of bettering one’s life and standing in mind.

Your intellect is your “sword” which cuts both ways. Its “incisions” can add important details which are vital to the success of others. Adding the enjoyment of service, you become a trusted support system that’s the epitome of reliability.

On the flip side, the same skill can be directed toward “analyzing” with the intent of criticism aimed at undermining the self-esteem and confidence of others. One may seriously want to take note of the concept of  projection here, as to remind yourself that it’s quite alright to treat yourself fairly in the midst of being a flawed human being.

There can be an over-analysis of one’s emotions which can repress or inhibit the heart function.  Irrespective of the feeling, the practice of giving oneself permission to stop and experience emotions for exactly what they are is invaluable.

Erotic urges typically begin in a cerebral fashion through stimulating debate and conversation and it’s important to know that mere physicality won’t sustain your sense of sexual excitement for long.

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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

Sagittarian Mind Consulting: The Mission Statement

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For those who may not be familiar with me or my blog, I’ve been a practicing counseling astrologer for more than eight years.

One of the questions which proves to be ever pervasive in my mind concerns what will become of Astrology in the world’s ever-changing state.

I often think about the future of what I consider to be one of the most comprehensive systems of psychological and spiritual development our world has ever seen.

As a professional Astrologer, my mission consists of employing my ability to translate ancient concepts, symbols and forms into a practical everyday language which is totally accessible to the layperson.

In my mind, there’s no reason to engage in esoteric masturbation when clients want to be helped right here on earth.

My mission also consists of assisting others on their quest for self-discovery and a more holistic understanding of their inner dynamics.

I aspire to be the best guide possible when exploring the parts of the individual psyche which require integration and synthesis for the development of the total person. I am not only an Astrologer, but I’m also an educator, writer, consultant and a coach of human potential.

It’s important to me that I open doors for others to locate the place within themselves which helps them to obtain a more multi-leveled and expansive view of themselves.

To grasp a larger sense of their ultimate life purpose and realize how their route of fulfillment is intimately interconnected to the cosmos is my ultimate aim.

Not only do I want others to realize their life has a special meaning, but I also wish to distribute the message that our lives are ultimately about the meaning which WE assign to it.

Astrology is about how we may work in tune with the cosmos to blend our separate fragments into a whole. How we join forces with the all to form a powerful and unified entity.

My mission consists of getting the word out that Astrology is only as limiting as we allow it to be. The signs, planets, houses and aspects don’t “make” us anything. It’s our responsibility to infuse purpose into every set of instructions contained within our birth maps.

We’re not stuck in a proverbial box, or symbolically held hostage by a zodiac sign telling us we have no behavioral options outside of the astrological cookbook variety.

In actuality, the entire universe containing ALL of the signs and planets is INSIDE of us ready and willing to be used as resources for our growth and development. THIS is the type of Astrology that I am elated to practice, and I dedicate myself to the propagation of this philosophy. I accept my calling from the universe of uplifting my fellow human beings with the utmost joy and enthusiasm.