Mercury in Sagittarius

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Mercury in Sagittarius suggests that one’s needs to think and communicate are broad based and telescopic. This placement is illustrative of intellectual fire and a passion for weaving ideas together in service of creating a holistic worldview.  Conversationally, the goal is to ask thought provoking questions which will elevate the nature of the discussion. Problems occur when one would rather appear as the “guru” with all of the answers rather than someone who understands the ultimate uncertainty of what we actually think we know.

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Taurus Sun, Libra Moon, Sagittarius Rising

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Your vitality is fueled through the enjoyment of the senses and optimally, your life is experienced at an earthy and tangible level. What you can immediately and decidedly “put your hands on” serves as a reliable  barometer of authenticity.

In addition, you need to feel like everything is “right where it should be” in your life. Not so much of an exact equal balance, but like a recipe, in a proportion that pleases you and is agreeable to your life goals.  You’re nourished through an orientation to the “other”.  Rarely frightened by opposing points of view, you’re more likely to seek understanding as to use your newly discovered insights as a means to develop a more congruent self.

Your lens for processing experience is one of a teaching and learning orientation. Everything is approached in a manner which questions and seeks meaning with the goal of placing things into a larger context in order to soak up holistic understanding . You relish at the thought of life as an ever broadening  panorama. Your world is looked at telescopically and opportunities to incorporate eclecticism are frequently sought.

Establishing the type of grounding which will support a bold and fearless dive into the larger social arena is key.

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Taurus South Node, Scorpio North Node

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When we seek to investigate the Taurus-Scorpio nodal axis, its ruling planets, Venus and Mars immediately come to mind.  Venus rules Taurus and Mars rules Scorpio (Pluto also shares affinity with Scorpio.)

With this axis, the quest to integrate life’s pleasures with the mentality of a warrior and an investigator, steps out to the forefront. To use these nodes effectively (i.e. to advance one’s interests) an honest acknowledgement of how one’s physical and psychological needs require synthesis needs to happen. In other words, an exploration of life based on the premise that there’s more than meets the eye, is of paramount importance.

Although good, solid “common sense” is held dear, the shift must be made to incorporate all of the senses as informants when it comes to one’s internal and external world. This particular nodal axis seeks to merge the Venus and Mars ruled archetypes into a functional relationship, and this requires attention and concerted effort. With the Taurus South Node, one is well-versed and familiar with peace, creative comforts and the overall enjoyment of life. With Scorpio in the picture, the desire to penetrate mysteries, pierce veils and get below the surface is so thick it can be cut with a knife.

The education within these nodes is multidimensional. The first facet of instruction is that anything that’s worth digging for takes effort, and this includes the journey within ourselves. There’s a big question contained in this nodal axis, and it centers around complacency, which can be masked as serenity.

Picture yourself walking down the street and making eye contact with someone, and they don’t know what to really say or do, so they flash a half-hearted, plastic grin your way. This can pass as a “greeting”, but we all know it’s not authentic. Your job is to penetrate until you get to the truth, no matter what it is.

One of the most important things that one needs to learn where the Taurus/Scorpio nodes are concerned is that just because something is enjoyable doesn’t mean there’s more authenticity involved, and how you measure the amount of worth and value something or someone has in your life shouldn’t necessarily be based on how many good feelings emerge as a result of your association.

This is not to say that your life shouldn’t be enjoyed,  However, the universe is asking you to achieve a more complete satisfaction at a different level. In fact, this is a shift, where you’re being asked to move from your “comfort” to being a leading value and restoring gut-level truth and authenticity as a priority.

Reading between the lines is a faculty that needs to be developed. This may not feel good, but it’s essential to understand that a certain amount of anxiety (while not in excessive form) can serve as an instrument to further investigation of people and phenomena which can yield sharper and more acute analysis.

The Taurus-Scorpio nodal axis is about the reclamation of your fighting spirit. In many cases, the Moon is the “go to” when security and safety is being discussed, but Venus, the ruler of Taurus makes a compelling case as well.  If anything, it’s a branch of the same tree because it’s associated with all that we find pleasurable.

With this nodal arrangement in one’s birth chart, one must proceed in life with the correct definition of intimacy.  It can’t be stressed enough that to be intimate with something or someone is to know that thing or person VERY WELL. However, this doesn’t necessarily suggest COMFORT with whatever or whomever is revealed.

While your accommodating tendencies can be a source of familiarity, your true growth centers around moving away from interpreting human behavior strictly through the lens of face value and integrating psychological and investigative savvy which will allow you to ferret out deeper motives than simply how someone presents a situation.

Taurus is associated with creating and adding value while Scorpio is related to penetrating and arriving at the core. If you’re successful at combining these two, you can embrace living a deeper and richer existence because you’ll ENJOY seeing through all of the bullshit that’s presented to all of us on a daily basis. You can find PLEASURE in being a person who has taken the time and effort to be well-informed and won’t be duped or lied to any longer.

Mars, the planetary ruler of Scorpio is about risk, among other things. While it’s easy to be captivated and attracted to appearances, the “simple” and the “natural” may also be devices which prey on your naivete. It’s important to take the severing of some relationships as par for the course when you attempt to shift from pleasure to depth penetration. That’s not for the faint of heart and those who don’t wish to upgrade their relationship with you based on your continued growth won’t be in your circle for very long.

Essentially, what you’re doing is re-framing your view of personal power, which is an important piece to your nodal puzzle. All of the things that we’re told are sinful and that we shouldn’t have our hands in, you’re being summoned to explore: SEX, power ( who has it, how it’s acquired, used and distributed), politics ( from the governmental level down to the corporate office), “deviance”, crime and the underworld. Your question to yourself needs to be: what am I learning about myself through this exploration?

You may find that instead of dividing the world into “saints and sinners” that you’re able to reconcile both dynamics within yourself, along with a host of others, so the need to project these potentials on others is eliminated. If this is the case, you’re on the right track.

Your nodal story discards the narrative of “goodness” and “badness” and honors wholeness.

References:  North Node Astrology: Rediscovering Your Life Direction and Soul Purpose by Elizabeth Spring.

The Astrology of Self-Discovery by Tracy Marks

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Virgo Sun, Cancer Moon, Sagittarius Rising

 

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Your willingness and ability to form emotional connections with the world and the people in it opens doors for you to be of service through refining the processes of living.

By forming a solid core, which is free from both unnecessary self-criticism and unfounded judgment of others , you clear space for yourself to approach life boldly through deep inquiry and broad exploration.

Your life is meant to serve as a quest for meaning. A thought- provoking examination of belief systems via the tools of  telescopic lenses and microscopic analysis allows you to understand your own reasoning for embarking on the life journeys that you select. With this Astrological signature, the importance of fostering an intimate relationship with oneself can’t be stressed enough.  By keeping in tune with the pulse of your own heart and all of its fluctuations, it allows you to understand the richness and range of emotion, speak its language fluently, and  offer the specific help and healing that others need.

It bears consideration that one of your strengths may be to create bridges of trust with other people. By suggesting improvements in a caring and gentle manner and opening ears and hearts through a nonjudgmental listening response, you can set the tone to unveil wider possibilities for those who cross your path.

The vehicle through which you navigate the world is of the adjustable variety. That allows you the opportunity to share in discovery with others and meet them at their level of understanding, which in itself, is comforting.  Broad perception with discriminating lenses and a big heart are your perpetual handmaidens.

 

Planetary Portraits : Venus in Sagittarius

 

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First of all, Venus in Sagittarius doesn’t “make you act” any certain way. The placement speaks to your relational needs and values.  With this placement, mutual growth, honesty and independence is of paramount importance. You require the type of relationship where each partner isn’t threatened by the expansion of the other’s world.  By no means is this a license to do hurtful things in the name of exercising one’s freedom, but rather a call to share your ever broadening perspective with a person that you love and share space with. To serve as each other’s “tour guide” for the adventure of living.

Venus in Virgo, Mars in Leo

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For those with this Venus/Mars blend, liberation rests in relinquishing the fear of getting “caught slipping”. The modus operandi is to honestly put their best self forward and to forget about looking incompetent. It’s important to apply energy toward the honoring and promotion of one’s special attributes and achieving recognition for that. There can be the push/pull between feigning “humility” and wanting the limelight. Realize that helping and serving others will always be important to you, but one need not sacrifice appreciation of one’s self simply to be a champion for other people and nothing else.

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Leo Sun, Libra Moon, Scorpio Rising

 

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With the Astrological signature of a Leo Sun, Libra Moon and Scorpio Rising, one’s lifetime work includes delving into life in a deep and significant way which can make yourself and others around you uncomfortable. They key to this is to understand that everyone doesn’t share that particular penetrating and investigative spirit and to edit yourself accordingly.

You shine brightest when you let others share some of the stage with you and shift your genuine interest in the viewpoints and opinions of your fellow human beings. In fact, your social acumen can be used as a gateway to gain notice and attention from others in the most genuine, NON ego-inflated way possible. To understand that “your side of the story” is just A side, is to claim a victory for you.

With Scorpio at the helm, you approach the world in way  that no stone goes unturned and the motives of others are scrutinized. When you shine the mirror back on yourself, you can learn a great deal about the tension which exists between wanting to be known and celebrated by the world and protecting your privacy. Just remember, the deeper you delve and the more truths you face, no matter how grave, the closer you’ll be to neutralizing the fear of embarrassment when it comes to exposure.

You’re fulfilled and nourished by personal relationships, but only the ones which will allow a full range of who you are to be displayed will stand the test of time. If you’re addressing your own issues, you’ll be able to help people whether their storms and then cast a warm healing light on them as a gesture of genuine friendship. If you’re projecting, others will continuously be viewed as being “up to something” and your modus operandi will be how you can best control others while minimizing the damage to yourself.

A great deal of emotional power is at your disposal if you’re willing to risk putting your cards on the table and relinquish anxiety behind appearing in your best light all of the time. No one is perfect, so that striving to be seen as kind, “nice” and together will have to be modified. If you take anything with you, take the fact that we’re at our most beautiful when we’re most human, and that beauty is  the heartfelt desire of your life.

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Mercury in Gemini

 

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With Mercury in Gemini in a birth chart, mental and communicative flexibility  reigns supreme. This person needs to be able to understand dualities and the “poles” of a person, idea or situation. Also, this signature suggests a youthful curiosity that leads to questions about a myriad of subject matter.

Collecting information is the forte’ of Mercury in Gemini and the question emerges as to what type of understanding all of the analysis is going to bring forth.  Mercury in Gemini is the “punch line” Emcee’s placement par excellence. With effort, there can be a real talent for storytelling and bringing the mundane to life through a rich vocabulary.  Scattering forces is the kryptonite of those who carry this energy with them, and the understanding that focus doesn’t have to “weigh” you down is essential for the optimal use of this placement.

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Libra Sun, Gemini Moon, Scorpio Rising

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Contained within this specific astrological signature is the emotional need to circulate both intellectually and socially. One is nourished through maintaining an openness to fresh information and a variety of interests. This orientation supports and reflects aspirations of social interactions and friendships based on equality, kindness and good will.

In this thing called life,  you’ve been blessed with the type of navigational device which requires deep and significant interactions and involvement with the world. Inherent in this journey is a risk factor where your vulnerability is concerned. However, there are also the potential rewards of a greater self-awareness and the neutralization of the fear that comes with authentic self-revelation.

At the heart of it all, your Sun, Moon and Ascendant blend contains a youthful curiosity about everyone and everything, and it’s important to become comfortable in your own skin and with your own versatility as it can prove to be of great benefit to you and ultimately help you shine as the type of person who’s welcomed into diverse social circles. Much of this is dependent on the sincerity of your interest in others. Being genuine will take you far. However, a hidden agenda of controlling  everyone around you so won’t feel “unmasked” is sure to derail you.

While not readily apparent on the surface, you enter the world with a desire to be deeply known, but there’s a reoccurring thought of how much it will “cost you”. After all, being naked in front of others is not your forte.

When the energy invested in self-protection is wisely transmuted, allowing your raw feelings to surface without labeling it as a loss of strength, you’ll be that much closer to tapping into a wider range of your human adaptability and can move more fluidly and gracefully , thereby “loosening your grip” and allowing your personal expression to be your art.

This facet of your makeup can prove to be especially important in your personal relationships. It’s worth reiterating that your navigational device is honed with potential laser sharp and piercing “spidey senses”, which tempt you to “call it like you see it.” because you feel as if you can’t live with yourself any other way.

It would benefit you considerably to realize that everyone isn’t built this way and your astro signature contains more than enough adaptability to skillfully temper your approach and dole out your insights at a level that’s appropriate for whomever you’re dealing with at the time.

Astrologer Jodie Forrest states:

“For Scorpio rising, life should be confronted with honesty, intensity a commitment to deep self-awareness and a willingness to examine all taboos. This doesn’t mean to break all of them. It just means that no area of life or death should be barred from the laser sharp scrutiny of this ascendant.”

When the Libra Sun and Gemini Moon are synthesized into the equation, the message is to learn to enjoy the process of discovery and while on the journey, forming relationships which are conducive to exploring ALL of your dimensions without unhealthy fear, judgment or excessive and counterproductive self-protection.

Notes: “The Ascendant” by Jodie Forrest (Seven Paws Press)

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Libra Sun, Gemini Moon, Aquarius Rising

 

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Here, the mental orientation is crystal clear.

The core life energy inherent in this blend is about balancing one’s self acceptance with social approval; weighing the need to actively craft one’s identity and seeing self through the eyes of others.

This is reflected in the personality form  where the core emotional needs are related to diversification and adaptability. You’re nourished by having your hands in a little bit of everything and understand what it means to have competing priorities.

Your thrust into the world is navigated by a “vehicle” which is inclined to explore alternate ways of being which defy social conventions and challenge the status quo.

Active social circulation and sincere curiosity about others serves as a gateway to forging the interpersonal relationships which are needed to maintain your vitality.

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