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.

 

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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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Aries Sun, Capricorn Moon

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In this world of shortcuts and quick fixes, we’re constantly being sold a narrative that we can get something for nothing. “Buy Now!! Pay Later!!” , is what the billboard reads. Or, the “go to” phrase of “work smarter, not harder” has permeated our psyches.  This isn’t to say that there’s no validity in handling tasks efficiently, or employing strategies that assist in maximum productivity. However, with all of this taken in consideration there’s still an understanding that someone has to get their hands dirty and do the actual WORK.

That someone is YOU.

What ignites your spirit and maintains your vitality, is the thought of making a significant impact in the world. Hence, your ultimate goal is to make a bold statement which puts an exclamation point on your right to exist and thrive as a human being. This work is done by owning your emotional need to achieve, and produce something tangible that you can constantly use, as a life structure, which reflects the diligence of your efforts.  The optimal environment for you to embark on this mission is one that contains strategies, organization, discipline, integrity and mastery as essential ingredients.

To understand that, in the world of goals, anything worth having rarely comes fast or easy, is something that you’ll need to file away both mentally and emotionally, and refer to often. Instituting the “love of labor” is a practice which can set you apart from other people, which is where you want to be. The more you’re able to “throw your hat into the ring”, with tasks and experiences that summon courage and calculated risk, the more life energy you’ll acquire.

In addition, it’s extremely important to banish the demons of fear and doubt which will attempt to tap you on the shoulder and tell you that something is wrong with you and you’re “behind the rest of us” because you’ve made the conscious choice to put in the work to get what you want. Remember: your efforts are designed to stand the test of time. If your work is solid now, the foundation which you’ve produced won’t be shaken by the first passing breeze or even more severe storms.

With your Sun/Moon combination, another valuable theme for you will be opening the door to that part of yourself which is “in charge”, and able to handle people and things. All too often, we project these qualities on others only to say: “I wish I was like that.” Or, “If only I possessed that type of assertiveness and bravery.”

GUESS WHAT?  You merely need to locate it.

Part of your work here is to allow yourself permission to desire: to want what you want without shame or guilt. After all, you have both the Sun and Moon in Cardinal signs. There’s an initiating,  spearheading and driving quality to Cardinal signs, complete with a goal-orientation.

Combining the innate enthusiasm and passion of fire and the persistence and common sense of earth, you can create a recipe for someone whose achievements, along with the life they’ve built for themselves carries the torch of endurance and valor.

There’s not much mystery in your music here, as your Sun/Moon theme song is “Work” by Gang Starr. You can listen to it right here:

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Venus in Taurus: “Value-Added Love”

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For individuals with Venus placed in Taurus, Love is sensuality and comfort. Love is stability. There’s an art to love. Love is calm and serene. Love is steadfast. Love is creating something valuable with another human being and continuously adding to that value. Love is a return on investment over time.

When we speak of Venus in Taurus and creating value, we ask: in relationships, how is value measured? for people with this placement, it’s possible answers would be related to consistency and return on investment over time. Then again, we ask: what exactly is the return that you’re seeking?

Part of the mission of Venus in Taurus is to clearly articulate what relationships are worth to you and why. Ask yourself: what makes some more or less valuable than others? One of the takeaways from this mental exploration will be that not all relationships are created equal, nor should they be.

For Venus in Taurus natives, the concept of getting “richer” is to invest in people and things which are worthy of your cultivation. We define worthy as loyal to and appreciative of your efforts. There’s a no-nonsense orientation which can serve you as your guide in making these decisions.

Venus, being at home in Taurus , which suggests a potency of sorts, is particularly attuned to the theme of anything “joint” which includes joint investments. So, one of the keys to navigating this placement successfully is making constant and honest inquiries as to what one is receiving vs. what one is giving in relationships.

Input and output factors are huge. One must stop and think in the present moment if efforts are being reciprocated. Woe to those that assume, if the answer is “no” that this means to give or invest more in the other person.

Some of these possible investments include: time, money, sex, emotional labor, consideration, prioritization etc… the question becomes: are you receiving these back? and, to what degree? Also, have you to come to terms with your own worthiness and birthright TO receive these things?

Self-value is a theme for those w/ venus in taurus. the more you value yourself, the more you’re able to ask for what you need. this is the *REAL loyalty you’re seeking in relationships. not “ride or die”, but rather an acquired SELF-trust that instructs others how to treat you.

 

Venus in Leo: “The Celebration of Love”

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For the individual with natal Venus in Leo, Love is a celebration. Love is a stage. Love is generosity, attention and the radiation of appreciation & warmth. Love is breathtaking. Love is “play”. Love is enjoyment. Love is creating something. Love is being yourself and accepting your partner as such. Love is recognition.

With this placement, there’s an inclination not only to want to be recognized for your uniqueness, but also offer that same gift to your partner. Praise, encouragement, and “cheerleading” are ingredients that keep the fires burning.

To the PEOPLE who have this placement: please understand that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to hear words of affirmation from your partner, be admired, and be appreciated for your specialness.

Make no mistake about it: this placement suggests that you’re the “star of your own show” and you value being the center of your own personal drama. because your life is your canvas and you’re going to paint it how you see fit.

Those with Venus in Leo are learning to harness their relationships as a means to greater creativity & self-expression. After all, the placement is “flavored” with the warmth of the Sun and designed to emit rays of “light” that invigorate & vitalize those with whom they come in contact.

In perusing for a definition of the word validation we find the following : “recognition or affirmation that a person’s feelings or opinions are valid & worthwhile.” this is what those with Venus in Leo seek to give and receive. Somehow, this has been blown out of proportion  and labeled as “overly dramatic”.

In regard to this placement, the ability to center oneself has largely been assigned a negative connotation. It’s important for Venus in Leo folks to know that to be preoccupied with one’s own affairs is natural. It only becomes an issue when you have promised something and you can’t deliver or have no intentions of doing so.

Venus in Leo is a lifetime education on the true meaning of self-esteem and self-confidence. You’re learning about a healthy regard for one’s character and abilities whose origins are internal. This severely debilitates the temptation to become addicted to external praise.

If owners of this placement should stray from an internally derived regard for self, there are chances that they can get trapped into the whirlwind of being manipulated by “pats on the back” from others and even end up interpreting the lack of constant praise as displeasure. This generates a vicious cycle of attention seeking behavior to restore themselves as #1 in the eyes of the person or people distributing the recognition. Developing the ability to self-congratulate is a strategy that’s essential for venus in leo people.

With Venus in Leo, you’re becoming additionally educated in utilizing relationships as a conduit for shaping YOUR life to its own creative ends. It’s essential that your alliances become an impetus for SHARING as opposed to an exercise in ego inflation or self-aggrandizement. If YOU, as the Venus in Leo person allow yourself to fall victim to the fallacy that there’s no supporting cast in your drama, you become an agent for the type of sunlight that blinds rather than the one that provides sustaining & nourishing energy.

All things being equal, the ideal partner for you is someone who lets you know unequivocally how great you are, but makes it clear- as a constant reminder- that you’re not the ONLY one in this world that’s great. There are other great people, too.

Also, like your fire sign counterparts (Aries & Sagittarius), you require a partner who understands your simultaneous need to indulge in passionate intimacy while harnessing the personal space required to develop consistent with your creative potential.

When it’s all said and done, to engage in the perpetual celebration of love for YOURSELF and your PARTNER is the aspiration, and you’re more than equipped to enjoy what your relationships have to offer while creating a unique and irreplaceable work of art.

 

Venus in Cancer : “The Safe Haven”

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For Venus in Cancer natives, love is warmth and security. Literally, “Love is a House”, Love is emotional nurturing and support. Love is acceptance. Love is a family by blood or worldview. Love is a cozy “nest”away from the madness of the world. Love is protection. Love is active listening. Love is sensitivity. Love is making room for vulnerability.

In the world of Cancerian Venusians, one of their deepest yearnings is to feel as if someone expended the time, care and energy to actually understand them. true connection is something that they value immensely and don’t take lightly.

As a matter of fact, when we speak of ANYTHING cancerian, the themes of emotional security automatically arise. for them, security means something that’s not in doubt. something that they can count on, something they can trust & something that leaves them no fear of being exploited or manipulated.

To nurture is to help things and people grow. the individual with this placement wants nothing more than relationships based on a commitment to MUTUAL nurturing. You’ll most likely see the “claws” of the crab only if they feel the emotional energy they lay out isn’t being reciprocated.

What the Venus in Cancer person values is something or someone that provides a sense of belonging. In relationships, someone they know that’s committed to creating and maintaining a safe space where they can listen and be listened TO and they can be themselves without judgment or ridicule.

There’s a wispy, whiny “crybaby” stereotype of this placement (as well as other Cancer ones) that needs to be scrutinized more closely or put away. For the tenacity of the crab has few equals. A combination of gut -level shrewdness & acute perception keeps them on point.

A major developmental lesson for those with Venus in Cancer is that of self-nurturing. It’s key that you develop a private space inside yourself that you can return to as a “sanctuary” of sorts. Although connection to others is important, to be a good partner to oneself is a non-negotiable.

In several respects, those with Venus in Cancer are adept at fostering the elements of what would be deemed the “complete” relationship. Offering the warm, cozy nest of safety and unconditional love. The recognition of the full gamut of emotions and feelings. The inclination to intuit a partner’s spoken and unspoken needs. Attention paid to “the little things”. Promoter of the private, intimate “just between me and you.” bonds.

While this sounds fantastic, another EQUALLY IMPORTANT developmental lesson for those with Venus in Cancer involves “helping” and “caring as a form of creating obligations in other people. If not careful, this can manifest as subtle, indirect manipulation. So, you want to make sure that EVERYTHING you do derives from the emotional truth.

Further instruction includes learning how to receive the same affection you provide and avoiding the unconscious creation of one sided relationships. Furthermore, understanding the warning signals and dangers of holding something or someone TOO tightly and confusing that behavior with love.

For the Venus in Cancer person, it’s important to claim your gifts of sensitivity, the ability to read emotional undercurrents, the ability to anticipate the needs of others, intuition and “mirroring”. It’s just as significant that you avoid projecting these on those close to you.

Understand that you’ll need to resist “clapping back” at others that say you have “too much” of the aforementioned qualities. Even if you’re unable to articulate your feelings in the moment, know that your internal radar has chosen to focus on a person or a situation that requires your attention. As a result of this, you must follow the rabbit hole until you get the answers that you require. For you, in most cases, when something doesn’t feel right, it usually isn’t.

At it’s best, Venus in Cancer can operate as a demonstration of the ideal feminine (irrespective of gender). and one who is capable of harnessing emotional support in quantity and quality with a relational style that’s sincere, soulful and heartfelt.

Venus in Libra

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For those with Venus placed in Libra natally, Love is sharing, cooperation and true partnership. Love is Beautiful. Love is the enjoyment of mutually stimulating activities. Love is “US”. Love is having everything in just the right place. Love is constant evaluation. Love is mutual grace. Love is peace.

Being interested is a way of life and this automatically leads the Venus in Libra native to be regarded as interesting to others. There’s a penchant for comparison with “the other half ” through viewpoints,counterpoints, weighing and evaluation.

In essence, the Venus in Libra person is discovering where they stand via human interaction. While some people like to socialize just for the hell of it, those with this placement are viewing the process of fraternizing more as a portal for SELF knowledge and awareness.

As I’ve said before : being born with a specific placement doesn’t automatically make you a certain way or cause you to exhibit specific behaviors. The “balance” that’s associated with the scales and Libra isn’t inherent. rather, this placement offers a lifetime course in equilibrium studies.

Where venusian themes are concerned, these folks have Libra as an “instructor”.Libra teaches that sometimes extremes are necessary to arrive at the point of balance. This applies both to living and the world of ideas.

This reminds me of an African proverb i once read which basically said when you bend a stick far enough in one direction, you have to bend it equally far in the other direction in order to make it straight again.

Venus in Libra folks are learning the practice of having to “pull on both ends” in their life in order to locate and maintain their center. so, they find themselves vacillating between frequent periods of socialization (in order to evaluate) and isolation (in order to process).

Both Taurus and Libra are Venus ruled signs and associated with the creation and maintenance of value, but with slightly different areas of focus. While Venus in Taurus is learning the art of creating & increasing value via partnerships, Venus in Libra is learning the importance of balancing the art of active participation in relationships with valuing oneself outside of the framework of the “other’s” evaluation.

A portion of the education for this placement rests in the understanding that it’s essential to be the one that emphatically and solidly places their “price tag” on themselves, in stark contrast to putting power in the hands of someone else to appraise their worth as a person.

If this isn’t done successfully, you’ll experience feelings of animosity that you’re only as “good” or “valuable” as what you can do for others. However, if the lesson is learned and internalized, you become a shining example of someone who shares themselves and  their resources ON THEIR OWN TERMS,  ONLY which are equitable to you.

Those with Venus in Libra are learning justice as it relates to themselves. With the inclination to forever explore what’s on “the other side of the tracks” as a display of non- judgment, they can easily disregard themselves in the process, negating the “fair shake” they most certainly need.

Speaking of “fair shakes”, fair & equal are the terms that i would use to describe the model of what those with this placement are seeking in their personal relationships. Although they realize all compromises aren’t of a 50/50 nature, the mutual trust & respect must be present.

It goes a long way in the development of the individuals with this placement to be able to learn to state their intellectual, emotional,  and sexual needs and desires unequivocally; to internalize the understanding that this is a form NOT of selfishness, but rather the VALUING of oneself.

Jupiter In The 3rd House : “Intellectual Breadth”

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With natal Jupiter, the planet of increase (among other things) located in the 3rd house of mental constructs and one’s immediate environment, we find an existing dynamic that’s ripe for the stretching and enlargement of one’s basic concepts. And, a calling to adopt a “bird’s eye view” via the practice of gathering information and synthesizing it to create a theory or larger conceptual framework.

In life, a common mistake that can be made is allowing ourselves to garner the belief that every person, place or thing operates with the same frame of reference as ONLY the data compiled by our immediate observations indicate.

What this particular placement is suggesting is for you to ask the questions which are necessary to pull yourself out of a strictly concrete mindset and make room for an intellectually expansive worldview which is more inclusive of the larger world.

Whatever information you come into contact with, the modus operandi is to ask yourself how that can be elaborated on, widened, elevated,  or advanced. The potential here is for you to build a larger window of thought for yourself in service of richer and more panoramic living.

Jupiter in the 3rd house is NOT the terrain where we ask “yes or no” questions or we administer multiple choice tests. Rather, it’s the place where we put forward open ended inquiries as to make the smaller conversation LARGER.

For those who choose to inflate or overestimate their mental capabilities, Jupiter in the 3rd house isn’t particularly friendly territory. In no way is this placement designed as a “fit” for those that claim to have all of the answers. If this was truly the case, there would be no need to continue the discourse, which is precisely the aim here.

Openness to a myriad of viewpoints and a true zest for learning is the optimal use of Jupiter in the 3rd house. In it’s best use, there’s a nobility here which exercises the principle of charity often in intellectual exchange. The goal is to suspend judgment in order to filter out dogmatic tendencies or an inclination toward bias. To remain generous in one’s ability to listen without merely waiting for one’s chance to speak is also a fantastic practice for those with this placement.

When navigating this territory successfully,  we begin to notice that HOW we interact with others is just as important as the information that we’re imparting or receiving. Do we view learning as a shared process? Or, are we sitting on a soapbox”high and mighty” , viewing others as mere “empty vessels” that are only here to partake in our so-called wisdom?

These are important questions to think about in regard to how our overall attitude intersects with our ability to navigate the student-teacher-learner dynamic.

Mercury-Uranus Aspects

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When Mercury and Uranus hook up in a natal chart,  innovative thought which seeks to release itself from the straight jacket of convention is highlighted.

I think Craig Mack said it best:

“here comes the brand new flava in ya ear….. time for new flava in ya ear…. im kickin new flava in ya ear.”

Every planetary placement or aspect in our chart can serve us as an opportunity.

With Mercury-Uranus contacts, we have the continuous chance to infuse our intellectual faculties with new and fresh ideas. To spark innovative thoughts.

Mercury represents our thought process and what we think about. Uranus symbolizes dynamic change, unconventionality and departure from the status quo.

If Mercury touches Uranus within your birth chart, the potential is there not only to shock and shake yourself out of conditioned responses, which ultimately revolutionizes your mind, you can also serve as a catalyst for others by encouraging the same type of examination and questioning concerning the usefulness of the existing thought structures.

Your perceptions have the potential to be lightning quick and accurate to boot. Trusting your intuitive faculties is an important ingredient in this cosmic recipe. We’re talking about flashes of mental insight while in the shower, on the train, driving to work- you name it.

Some astrologers say the highest manifestation of this aspect means genius. I say it can produce someone who not only colors “outside the lines” in life and stretches the boundaries of the mind, but also consistently maintains the courage to stand alone in the face of their ideas initially being branded as  “unpopular”, or highly eccentric.

An individual who knows the price of admission to non-conformity and keeps a stash of currency to cover it.

If you have this connection in your chart, it’s extremely important to develop and nurture your capacity for independent thought.

Your natural inclination is to reject the “herd” mentality. So, go ahead and keep developing your new slang and verbiage and let others take their time in catching up.

On the flip side, it’s not a good look when your authenticity is reactionary. When you attempt to be different just for the sake of it. You then become a pseudo-enigma with your “originality” predicated on looking at what everyone else is doing, and simply doing the opposite.

With a Mercury-Uranus aspect in your natal chart, your theme song is “Flava in Ya Ear” by Craig Mack. You can listen right here:

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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