Cancer Sun, Taurus Moon, Libra Rising : “Foundation”

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Developmental Tasks: To foster emotional connections which provide opportunities for mutual nourishment, support and rock-solid stability. To process experience through the lens of the artist and creator of beauty for the entire world.

As I’ve said before, one of the words in our vocabulary which seems to be misconstrued quite frequently is INTIMACY. Upon its mention, we immediately close our eyes and hear whispers of sweet words or slip into daydreams of romantic gestures and being enthralled in the rapture of ecstasy.

While enjoyable experiences may indeed be associated with this term, so is stomping out of a room in furious anger, sitting somewhere by yourself doing “slow burns”, or deliberately pushing the buttons of a partner because you know just how to hurt them.

With this combination, your solar force is directed toward the establishment of intimate bonds and this work is done through solid emotional grounding and consistency. Your vitality is sparked through your empathy and unconditional love and response. When you have something, and or someone to care about and support, you feel energized. To serve as an effective mirror for others is connected to your ultimate aspirations. After all, water takes the shape of its container.

In the midst of mirroring and connecting, it’s also important to establish your own domain of the heart,as to not become confused with who’s feeling what. Do not underestimate the need to maintain your own emotional space. When you’re able to master this “centering”, inviting others into your private realm will be rooted in sincerity and authenticity. You’ll understand exactly how much you have to give and in turn, what you anticipate as reciprocity.  You’ll learn that consistency isn’t “boring” and forming alliances based on unconditional love and caring adds a deeper and richer dimension to your life.

With Venus ruling your birth chart as well as the sign of your moon, the themes of the planet loom heavy in your psyche. With the Cancerian/Lunar vibe being shined on by the Sun, an ever- evolving story emerges concerning your ability to handle your important relationships with care.

If you find that your relationships are a series of “revolving doors”, with people exiting just as quickly as they enter- this is an important key that a re-examination and re-organization is in order.

Jodie Forrest  on the Libra Ascendant:

“Life should be met with a sincere attempt to achieve and maintain both inner equilibrium and equilibrium between the self and the surrounding environment to which Libra Rising is extremely sensitive.”

With your Astrological signature, the vehicle you use to navigate the world is that of sincere interest in other people. If this isn’t happening, it’s time to structure your life in away which allows for those possibilities, and part of this is making an effort to include those individuals with whom you feel a constant and unwavering interest can be maintained.

Your theme song is: “Foundation” by DJ Honda featuring Mos Def. You can listen here:

References: The Ascendant by Jodie Forrest

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Venus in Gemini, Mars in Sagittarius

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With this Venus/Mars combination, freedom and variety is as essential to you as oxygen. The question you will have to ask yourself is freedom for what? There’s no doubt that relationships serve you as a  source of unlimited information and intellectual stimulation. You also seek to apply what you learn in a larger context; through some all-encompassing philosophical system which provides you with more clues about what life ultimately means.

When you came to this planet, a one-dimensional experience is certainly what you DIDN’T have in mind.

Whether you’re getting your passport stamped or heavily immersed in a great work of literature, traveling is essential for you. Both your relationships and sex life need to be immersed in this theme.

No adventure and diversity might as well be a “bored to death” sentence for you, as this blend suggests a need to explore duality and a quest for a lightness and buoyancy of being.

Yes… you may be floating along with youthful exuberance, but let’s not mistake that for naiveté, as you have the potential to assert the force of your being as connected to high-minded principles, especially honesty and ethical behavior as it applies to your intimate relationships.

Maybe the lesson which you have to learn with this blend is: there can be just as much variety in getting to know a few people deeply as flitting two and fro from one relatively superficial encounter to the next.

In your life and relationships you’ll find that the more you explore, the more questions arise, so be prepared to understand that just when you think you have the ultimate answer or truth, a few more of them reveal themselves and you have to re-work the puzzle we know as life.

If you’re able to use your flexibility to adapt to that type of “weather”, you will find that you’re able to make your home anywhere and enjoy the here and now of your relationships and maintain your sense of wonder which so rightly permeates your DNA.

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Capricorn Sun, Gemini Moon: “Mental Stamina”

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“Thoughts are things, so we find that different kinds of thoughts become different kinds of things. Thought is always creative; it must always create after its own type. It must always give form to something, and the something to which it gives form is not a thing of itself because the thought that creates the form is the product of the thinker. The thinker comes first, then the thought, and then the form.”

-Ernest Holmes 

To many of us, how the thought world operates is somewhat elusive. We may view the material manifestation of events and circumstances as purely “happenstance” or find some other type of rationalization as to why things are the way they are.

There are many alternate ways of considering how the world around us works, and this is one of the life tasks or missions of the Capricorn Sun, Gemini Moon individual:

to embrace a insatiable curiosity and multi-faceted inquiry regarding the manner in which your personal thought and concept selection influences your reality.

This Sun/Moon blend suggests that one has the potential for self-mastery and authority through diversifying life experiences and exposure to a multitude of viewpoints and perspectives. In addition to the contact with variety, one also needs to recognize, confront and navigate the duality that presents itself within ideas you choose to explore.

The fuel which Capricorn requires to function optimally is strategic and administrative. Devising a system of progressive steps to reach a desired goal or “bottom line.”  The solar light is reflected by a personality that has the need for choices and variation. The individual is fulfilled through variation and the absence of monotony.

The questions which come from this combination center around results; what’s visible as a demonstration of one’s mental abilities. The ultimate goal is to structure one’s life-force through the use of the intellect, adaptability and the capacity to build structures that last.

A dysfunctional expression of this combination is one who lacks discipline and focus.

There’s a distinct difference between having a variety of legitimate interests and only sticking with something until the euphoric newness wears off and then flitting to the next thing which captures your momentary attention.

In this case, “so many interests” may be used as a smokescreen for actually getting down to work; to facing the internal organization it takes to map out a successful game plan.

When operating effectively, there’s an establishment of a concentrative center  and stamina within the intellectual sphere. One is aware of their ability to select their thoughts, just like they do their meals or their clothes. There’s not only the realization that “garbage in equals garbage out”, but a self-appointed responsibility toward mental productivity, with the aspirations toward producing palpable success.

With this Sun/Moon blend, your theme song is : “Mental Stamina” by Jeru The Damaja featuring Afu Ra. You can listen here:

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Leo Sun, Pisces Moon : “The Creator”

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You were born to stick out, but maybe not for the reasons that immediately come to mind.  The simple fluidity of your natural personality can poeticize an already dramatic flair for self-presentation.

Gaining attention from others fuels your vitality. To be accepted and validated for just being you assists in your aspiring to greater heights, and also experiencing a oneness with the universe. However, it’s paramount that you don’t get so caught up in playing a role that you lose sight of what feeds you: connecting to spiritual source.

What you need is feelings of inner peace. this comes through nurturing your empathy, which is the desire to identify with the thoughts and feelings of others so you’ll know exactly where to radiate your light of inspiration.

Your confidence gradually increases when you feel like you’re uplifting humanity and bridging divisions. Your aspirations of self-actualization have the opportunity to shine most visibly through the recognition of the things which unite human beings rather than what keeps us at odds. Through this process, you’re achieving a more comprehensive understanding of what makes you happy in the intangible sense.

One of the dysfunctional and psychologically disordered manifestations of this combinations is getting high on other’s seeming admiration. Emotional intoxication as a gateway to grandiose ego inflation.

In essence, you’re a CREATOR.

Your theme song is “The Creator” by Pete Rock & CL Smooth

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Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon: “Shadowboxin'”

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“One does not become enlightened by imagining light, but by making the dark conscious.”-  Carl Jung

In many households, when we’re growing up, it’s not too much time that passes by before we get our first talk about “manners”. We’re lectured about their importance and how vital it is for us to be “nice” and polite and on our “best behavior”.  In fact, we spend a large portion of our lives using these mantras as a navigational tool and reap the external rewards in the process for being presentable individuals by all accounts.

However, as time goes on and we start having to deal with emotional discomfort, or issues which induce some form of turmoil in our internal life, we suddenly feel ill equipped and unbalanced. As if our education had been incomplete. The lectures we received forgot some VERY important parts. What happened to that talk on emotional honesty? Or, that advice about confronting the elements of our shadow self?

At that point, we realize that Samuel L. Jackson was dead on in the movie “Juice” when he said:

” Just because you pour syrup on shit doesn’t make it pancakes.”

As wild as it may seem, this is one of the most vital lessons to be learned by the Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon combination.

In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Scorpio, participating in the balancing act which weighs one’s self-acceptance against public perception as a kind, cordial and socially acceptable individual fuels one’s vitality. This inner harmony has the potential to be achieved through plumbing the depths of one’s emotional life. Through a personality which faces subconscious fears though gut-level honesty which has resulted from an intimate relationship with the heart.

The Venusian flavored energy seeks equilibrium. It wants nothing more than to reach out, relate and create beauty in the world. The Libra archetype is connected to a keen social and interpersonal intelligence.  When blended with the watery desires of the Scorpionic Moon, it suggests that honoring the synthesis of internal and external intelligences is the most effective route to creating said balance.

Howard Gardner explains in his book, “Frames of Mind” :

“On the one side, there is the development of the internal aspects of a person. The core capacity at work here is access to one’s own feeling life-one’s range of affects or emotions: the capacity instantly to effect discriminations among these feelings and, eventually, to label them, to enmesh them in symbolic codes, to draw upon them as a means of understanding and guiding ones behavior.

In its most primitive form, the intrapersonal intelligence amounts to little more than the capacity to distinguish a feeling of pleasure from one of pain and, on the basis of such discrimination to become more involved in or to withdraw from a situation. At its most advanced level, intrapersonal knowledge allows one to detect and to symbolize complex and highly differentiated sets of feelings.”

“The other personal intelligence turns outward, to other individuals. The core capacity here is the ability to notice and make distinctions among other individuals and, in particular, among their moods, temperments. motivations and intentions.”


The challenge in fusing these two variants of personal intelligence stems from one’s willingness to accept the emotional realities inherent in facing one’s shadow, which often leave us disturbed or unsettled.

When operating dysfunctionally, a person with this Sun/Moon blend comfortably points to  “those people out there” projecting what they repress, and refusing to dig within their own psyche out of fear that what they’ll find won’t enhance the ego’s view of the self. After all, “it’s not popular to work with this type of material and I’ve been getting rewarded for being such a “good” person for all of my life.” they say…..

However, the refusal to engage in psychic and emotional nudity which can only be developed from an intimately honest relationship with the self,  limits our existence. In this case,, fears keep us from being fully alive; from passionate engagement with the full range of human experience.

If one is only willing to consider the portions of themselves they deem acceptable,  they’re skillfully constructing an emotional straitjacket by adopting “roles” which limit their human potential as well as their capacity for authenticity.

A constructive picture of this Sun Moon blend looks like an individual who summons the courage within themselves to examine complex elements of their shadow. They realize that just because society accepts them, it doesn’t eliminate repressed elements, and until THEY accept them, they will linger like layered makeup.

This person digs deep to redirect the energy which COULD be spent in presenting an “acceptable” front , to other aspects of their lives which capture their passion and fuel their life force.

Through integrating the dark, a greater light is revealed.

Your theme song is “Shadowboxin'” by the GZA featuring Method Man

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Notes: “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences” by Howard Gardner; “Dancing in The Dark : The Shadow Side of Intimate Relationships” by Douglas & Naomi Mosely

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Moon-Venus Contacts in Synastry : “It’s a Love Thing”


As a counseling Astrologer, when writing about synastry, which surveys relationship potential and compatibility  between two people (as suggested by their birth charts), one of my main responsibilities is to be an “opener of doors” and an interpreter of potentials and possibilities. No narrative between two individuals is a static, fixed one.

Advancing the art of synastry requires creativity, and a  far-seeing telescopic lens devoid of the “by rote” recitation of familiar and stale scenarios which couldn’t revive themselves even using the most powerful set of defibrillators.

In addressing issues surrounded by compatibility, our birth charts serve as a basis, foundation or a tool.  Then, the people breathe life into it, catapulting themselves off the paper into real-time, as to honor and support the unfolding human being.

Let’s take a journey into the realm of the Moon and Venus. These two planetary archetypes are firmly rooted in Astrology’s “intimacy network.”  Let’s make no mistake: they can be great friends and cohabitants, symbolizing a cozy synthesis of both what we WANT and what we NEED.

When Moon-Venus contacts are experienced between two people, there’s a GRAND OPPORTUNITY to create a “safe space” or a “heavenly haven”, if you will.  A place where you both enjoy the company of one another and there’s potential for an airtight trust that’s built on a keen emotional understanding and the desire of both partners to be in tune with one another’s innermost needs. The relationship possesses a heart barometer that each person checks frequently out of immense concern for the other.

The home and hearth are something to be cherished here, and the meanings travel far beyond the mundane “brick and mortar” definition. When it comes to the nurturing of the union between partners, a spirit of mutual cooperation can be present in service of furthering a heartfelt and erotic bond. Whether you’re a Woman or a Man in the relationship, these contacts suggest a deep and genuine appreciation for feminine principles: receptive, yielding and containing energy which is open to intuitive insights, emotional memory and the welcoming of sensitivity with open arms.

In Robert Augustus Masters’ work entitled “Emotional Intimacy: A Comprehensive Guide For Connecting With The Power of Your Emotions“, he gives an outline of some factors in synergistic combination which constitute emotional intimacy. Here are five which illustrate Moon-Venus contacts working at an optimal level:

(1) Being sufficiently well acquainted with our emotions so that when one arises, we recognize it, can name it, and acknowledge what we’re doing with it.

(2) Relating TO our emotions rather than just FROM our emotions, so that we neither fuse with nor dissociate from them

(3) Listening to others deeply, both to what’s being said and what’s NOT being said.

(4) Remaining emotionally transparent and non-defensively expressive of whatever is arising in us, be it pleasant or unpleasant.

(5) Being FULLY vulnerable.

Ladies and gentlemen, of course there’s a flip side to these dynamics, which holds the possibility of operating in quite a dysfunctional manner.

An appropriate culinary comparison to the Moon and Venus would be comfort food and sweets. Both, when consumed and enjoyed in moderation, don’t necessarily have detrimental, long-term effects. However, overdoing it is a different story. One could easily conjure up a scenario where both partners are racking their brains to come up with the last time they actually participated in a meaningful activity as an independent entity. In fact, that whole phrase sounds foreign and perplexing.

Oddly enough, when suffering from he stupor  that sugar shock brings on, all the partners can locate is 15 to 20 extra pounds and remnants of an expired gym membership. What was once healthy interdependence has now morphed into insatiable attachment hunger. The fulfillment which results from adult sharing has now given way to the fussiness and temper tantrums reflecting infantile behavior.

Like any other contacts in synastry, much depends on the attitudes, maturity and focus of the people involved; with the emphasis being not so much on whether the aspects are cast as “harmonious” or “inharmonious”, but rather uncovering, through a wide open quest, the most constructive potentials for operation of the planets in question.

Take a listen to Pete Rock’s “It’s A Love Thing” featuring CL Smooth

Moon-Uranus Contacts in Synastry: “Electric Relaxation”

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When thinking about this combination, one of the first thoughts that popped into my head was A Tribe Called Quest’s hip-hop classic: “Electric Relaxation.”

The archetype of Uranus shocks. It’s electric. Uranus symbolizes anything that’s progressive, unconventional, avant-garde, or just plain outside of the box.

The Moon is the most instinctive side of ourselves. It’s where we relax; where we feel ‘at home” in our most natural state. Also, the Moon symbolizes our deepest emotional needs.

When Moon-Uranus contacts exist between two individuals in the birth chart, there’s potential for a high voltage attraction.

Partners may feel comfortable and safe with the other because of their joint aims at individuation. This energy can be used to intensify a shared commitment toward each person pursuing their unique brand of genius. In this safe haven, “weird” is a compliment and “strange” is just a seven letter word.

Moon-Uranus potential, when developed constructively, can assist in the construction of a comfortable space for two people to honor and appreciate their quirks. The normality of personalities is not so much in question, but society’s model for normalcy is.

Central themes which will emerge at some time or another focus around a “custom made’ relationship. How THIS couple has chosen to live versus the mainstream’s promotion of “what’s good for everyone”. Maybe there’s no white picket fence, no two car garage or yearly ski trips to the same resort.

Maybe one person is from Nairobi and the other from Paducah, Kentucky, and they share a common interest in Astrology or Tarot Cards.Maybe the relationship defies the often tightly constructed boxes of race, culture, or gender. Whatever the case may be, this combination screams: “We want to break free from societal trappings, create our own relationship, and we can support each other in those efforts.”

On the flip side, Uranian energy is erratic and unpredictable. It’s rebellious. It can take freedom to a whole new level by streaking from end zone to end zone butt-naked during an NFL game.

It may very well be that the minute that things get “moony” and cozy, one person feels the need to suddenly break away. Therefore the on again, off again : ” I can’t quit you” set up is launched into high gear.

Eventually, it begins to eat away at the emotional health of both parties and they cease to be less than their best. The unhappy ending could be two people who are as scared of intimacy as they are of being ordinary. That’s a waste of this dynamic combination.

If you share these contacts with someone, you play a major part in the writing of the script.

What will your pen produce?

Take a listen to A Tribe Called Quest’s “”Electric Relaxation”

The Depersonalization of Astrology

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Astrology is much more.

Astrology is more than just signs.

Astrology is more than just a birth chart.

Astrology is about PEOPLE.

Every now and then, when I indulge in a bit of astro-humor, I re-visit a book called: “You’re Not a Person, Just a Birth Chart” by Paul F. Newman. I feel like some of the jokes are a brilliant illustration of the type of thinking we adopt when we start to use the zodiac signs and birth charts as the lowest common denominator to which we can possibly reduce a human being.

Currently, much of what I read (especially on the internet), seems to be threatening to drag us back to that place of reductionist thinking which I thought we had progressed from.

Was I just being silly? Or possibly naive? Have we EVER left that place? Those are a few questions among many which have crossed my mind in regard to this phenomena.

So often, I hear and read about actual human beings being referred to as: “This Sagittarius I know” or “That Scorpio I used to date”, etc. It now seems as if a large majority of what’s important to know about the actual PERSON is being bypassed in the name of some type of cosmic “shorthand.” In most cases, I’ve also discovered that this line of thinking eventually offers less depth of insight than the user originally anticipates.  Furthermore, when we do this, both the integrity of the person as well as the meaning of the sign are compromised.

Astrologer Glenn Perry states this adeptly:

“Signs have been more or less personified in popular Astrology. The result of this distortion is that we don’t describe Leo behavior, we describe Leo individuals, e.g., “He (Leo) is a showoff and likes to be the center of attention; he is quite extroverted.”

Perry goes on to state:

“It is misleading to depict signs in this manner. By equating signs with people, facets of the psyche are BLOWN UP into WHOLE PERSONS (caps mine) and the metaphorical meaning of the sign is lost.”

It seems as if  we’re gaining more bravado playing this dangerous game of minimization by using phrases that we think support our case like “The stars don’t lie.” However, what this appears to be, is an avoidance of taking on the intellectual labor to conceptualize, analyze, deduce and interpret using a holistic framework. This reminds me of a propaganda technique called “labeling” :

” A euphemism is used when the propagandist attempts to increase the perceived quality, credibility or credence of a particular ideal. A dysphemism is used when the intent of the propagandist is to discredit, diminish the perceived quality or hurt the perceived righteousness of the individual. By creating a “label”, “category” or “faction” of a population, it’s much easier to make an example of these larger bodies, because they can uplift or defame the individual without actually incurring legal defamation.”

There’s a gross misconception that when we refer to and label people as “signs” somehow we’re more justified in their criticism, praise or dismissal. It’s now easier , and more “cool” to view people in a fragmented fashion with blatant disregard for their complexity.

The points being made here are not to belittle the way in which anyone wishes to study, practice or understand astrology. Rather, it’s food for thought on the importance of elevating the discourse of a potent instrument for self-knowledge and the rich significance that rests in the work that’s required to learn about how the actual living, breathing human being relates to, and lives their existence in tandem with the Astrological chart, which doesn’t DEFINE them, but ACCOMPANIES them, AS A MAP, to navigate this thing we call life.

References: Introduction to AstroPsychology by Glenn Perry,

Propaganda Techniques (Wikipedia),

“Propaganda” by Edward Bernays



Gemini Sun, Aries Moon

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Mental dexterity and emotional bravery.

Your Sun/Moon combination is summoning you for full participation and exploration in the intellectual and emotional realms of life. Are you up for the challenge?

There is little room for the type of life where you run from your thoughts and your feelings.

You’re not just meant to leave a mark, but rather an unrepeatable imprint,  for your own sake,  and for others to follow.

If you don’t quite “feel” like this, it’s encouraged that you develop the courage and the confidence to do so. One of your callings and challenges in life is to pursue your desires without guilt, or fear of being labeled selfish by others, navigating through life with agility and refusing to back down from anything which doesn’t embody a representation of your truest, most authentic self.

Creative power is generated from the lightning quick grasping of concepts, the absorbing of information and the dissemination of ideas with “heart” and passion. It’s essential that you have conviction about that which you’re speaking in order for this potential to be maximized.

This solar/lunar combination suggests the infusion of a youthful, fresh approach in whatever it is you’re doing along with the ultimate need to be number one in your own heart and life. If you choose to harness your bravery, a.k.a “fight the good fight”, understand that this is an investment in SELF, which for you, is one of the best kind because you NEED a REASON or CAUSE to champion, and why not the individual that you LOVE more than anything or anybody in this world?

With such an attitude, a myriad of winning scenarios are on the table. If you take the route of doubting yourself (especially your intellectual capacity) or using words as a weapon to inflict injury on others, you could no doubt wind up the biggest loser in the scenario that is your existence.


Venus Square Neptune : Seeing Through The Fog

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Having a firm grasp on reality without feeling like we have to sacrifice our imagination can be a full time job to some.  With Venus square Neptune in the birth chart there’s a suggestion that an adjustment needs to be made in how one’s views people and relationships in general.

Developmental tension is present between one’s idealism, values and sense of unity. When operating on a dysfunctional level, this aspect suggests that one distorts perceptions of those that they’re intimately involved in and engages in “selective relating”, thereby deleting information from their experience that may cause them pain and choosing to opt for a less “traumatic” version of events.

In the worst case scenario, this individual ends up as a victim of their own rose colored spectacles and projections.

They may even go as far as to create a “pretend partner” who responds to their every request and wish in a way which supports their illusion while declining interaction of a more authentic sort out of fear it will break the “spell.”

Working with this aspect on a conscious level, one has the capacity to offer unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance of the highest caliber to another human being.  Boundaries are recognized, but the relationship doesn’t have barriers to deeper intimacy because of the choice to face reality in an uncensored fashion.