Libra Sun, Capricorn Moon, Scorpio Rising

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

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

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

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

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

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



Libra Sun, Cancer Moon, Gemini Rising

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Libra Sun, Sagittarius Moon

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The combination of a Libra Sun and Sagittarius Moon suggests that your utmost aspirations and emotional needs center around learning valuable lessons from interpersonal and intimate relationships.

You may find that you have traveled far and wide, either mentally, or physically to discover the meaning behind why you’ve been “linked” to others.

You’re fueled by the dynamic between how you see yourself and society’s view of you. While you ultimately seek to be a beacon of light for harmony and peaceful interaction, your heart’s desire is to have your life philosophies taken seriously and your opinions respected.

It’s essential that you undertake an exploration of how all of the pieces fit together in the jigsaw puzzle that’s your existence. You need to ponder deeply and ask the questions which bring you closer to understanding or explaining the order of your micro universe as well as the larger one. You could even go as far as to say you’re fulfilled by fusing the two.

It nourishes you to find a certain synchronicity in your triumphs as well as your mistakes. Doing that helps you to be all the better. Part of your life’s quest is to smooth and refine your inherent wisdom with the humility and awareness that we’re all in this world together. Additionally, you’re here to expand your emotional parameters, giving way to a broader range of expression which ultimately leads to a greater sense of freedom.

Be aware that it’s to your detriment to become too immersed in the opinions of other people as a focal navigational strategy for your life. To consider is one thing, but to allow yourself to be driven or controlled by the words, limitations or fears of others can restrict your vision and put clamps on your philosophical framework.



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 Pisces, Mars in Libra

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Here, we have the valuing of all that’s ethereal blended with a passion for ideals. A portrait of an individual with Venus in Pisces and Mars in Libra would be painted with idealism of the highest order and an uncanny ability to see the best in other people and life in general.

A pronounced sense of universality permeates the psyche, where one would rather create bridges than borders. To some, it’s fascinating that the things which bring you the most joy are those which can’t be measured or have a boundless scope.

Your power of attraction lies in the unconditional acceptance of others and a passion for justice. Some of your wishes for humanity are: that they’re treated fairly, and that they receive copious amounts of peace and love in their lives.

Difficulty arises for you when your lenses become too rose colored for your own good. You suffer mainly because there’s an inclination to create the version of reality which produces the least amount of pain, and when you do that, there are no clear warning signals of the danger which has firmly copped a squat on your front porch.

There’s a tremendous amount of energy which is applied to maintaining your personal relationships, and rightfully so. In fact, you have a special talent for meeting your true desires through the actions of others.

People seem to naturally WANT to do things for you, and you have a way of appealing to the self-interest of others with charm and diplomacy. If there’s going to be any type of fight on your watch, it will be one against outward displays of coarseness and ugliness in personal behavior.

It needs to be noted, however that there are costs to pay for the “peace at any price” philosophy and those charges manifest for you largely on an internal level.

Although you feel that harmonizing may be your best option, you can easily create a bottleneck for your true feelings which feels like an emotional traffic jam. As a result, you develop animosity for whomever or whatever is in question, and that very peace that you were seeking to preserve morphs to a passive aggressive state, like the person at the office who sends the snide e-mails with smiley faces at the end.  In this state, your words are conveying one thing while your actions are speaking loudly and clearly in a contradictory fashion.

To truly reach your calling, both your Venus and Mars principles need to be honored. So, it’s important that you own your desires while also understanding the manner in which you need to apply your energies to obtain them.

In relationships, you have the potential to be a TRUE partner who offers emotional support and empathy. Even in times of conflict, a “fair fight” is important to you, and it’s wise to realize that conflict isn’t a dirty word and facing it squarely without avoidance can often bring you to a deeper place which is complete with a  greater degree of understanding  between your partner and yourself.

One of your challenges is addressing the theme of self-sacrifice in love. When it comes to healthy compromises that you make as a partner, this can breathe life-giving elixir into relationships. On the flip side it’s important to realize that there are no gold medals for martyrdom and no parades for the long-suffering.

Equating how much and how often you volunteered yourself for unequal treatment with loving another can be unhealthy and emotionally deceiving. Conversely, judging another person’s love for you by how much they’re willing to give up can be equally problematic.

At best, you beautify the world around you through your commitment to an all embracing love that few people, in comparison, ever get the opportunity to experience. You’re a unifier, clever strategist and true champion of justice. At worst, you become perpetually frustrated because you avoid the voice which prompts you to address challenges with other people directly, which dishonors your emotional needs and volunteers you for taking whatever another person thinks that you deserve.

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Cancer Sun, Libra Moon : “The Emotional Memory”


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It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head — it is the unique intersection of both.” — David Caruso

How do you go about integrating Emotional perception with social acumen?

One of your life tasks is to explore this question along with an in depth consideration of the part that reciprocity plays within your personal relationships. Through active participation and building bridges with others, you increase the possibilities for illuminating and realizing the types of security and connections that energize you.

Putting it all out there” may be difficult for you, but you’ll have to come to grips with navigating this territory, both artistically and romantically. While a sense of attachment, or “belonging” to something or someone, possibly a biological or ideological “family” can generate a sense of grounding and empowerment, if it becomes your sole obsession, it can manifest in an unhealthy manner as “tunnel vision” of the heart.

Your psyche requires a balancing, which includes approaching the general principles of logic, fairness and objectivity with the same considerations that you provide for specific individuals.

A natural ‘square” relationship exists between Cancer and Libra which means that the ambiance of dynamic and developmental tension is present. These signs challenge one another. While this isn’t necessarily comfortable, a successful integration of both energies can heighten and increase the effectiveness of how they both operate.

You’ll know that you’re on the right track when a friend invites you to check out an art exhibit at the Guggenheim during the afternoon, and in the wee hours of the morning, another friend has phoned you looking for an empathetic listening ear because their relationship is on the rocks.

In her book “Aspects in Astrology” Sue Tomkins discusses the meaning and function of squares more in detail:

“Squares are useful too, because it is through meeting obstacles that we grow, either by refining our own position or making it stronger, whatever is appropriate.”

In the case of a Cancer Sun and Libra Moon, the tension may manifest through the lens of partnership, home and family. The possibility exists for competing concerns behind the requirements and challenges of carrying on two sets of relationships.

One of the most important lessons to learn for those with this combination is connected to the potential dangers of constructing an ultra-amicable front which masks one’s true feelings or vulnerabilities.

While becoming stuck in an instinctive “safe space” of feigning interest in others, one can diminish the dynamic of mutual interaction. If this is the case,  you may feel cheated because you’re rarely able to reveal your true feelings. Inner frustration follows and decisions can be made from a place of convenience rather than what gives you vitality. This is the classic cutting off your nose to spite your face; an attempt to live vicariously through others. The residue of dissatisfaction lingers around like an unpaid student loan debt that’s collecting interest.

The greater news for you, however, is that the mind and heart we never meant to be enemies. Both of them have valid ways of knowing and understanding. Successful navigation of your Sun-Moon blend isn’t a case where you devalue your capacity to feel and assign reasoning with a superior status.

In the book “Emotional Intimacy” by Dr. Robert Augustus Masters, he advances this point:

“Emotional illiteracy or lack of emotional sensitivity, understanding and savvy- has much of its rooting in the historical devaluation of emotion relative to cognition. Thinking clearly thus gets overly associated with dispassion or a muting of our emotions.”

“What we see here is the automatic identification of emotion with subjectivity in the sense that subjectivity is a failure to be objective. In fact, our logical faculties tend to lag behind our emotional “knowing” when it comes to making good decisions. This lag primarily occurs because our emotionally based take on a topic employs more of the brain and draws from FAR more data- and thereby processes it more multi-dimensionally- than does our purely logical take. Can we be objective and emotional at the same time? YES.

With a Cancer Sun and Libra Moon, your ability to be “civil” doesn’t necessarily have to come at the expense of sending your emotions to “go play in the other room.” The question to managing these energies comes down to making good decisions as to which faculties you will employ, and when. Driving this point home, Augustus Masters states:

“Distancing, dissociating, numbing or otherwise estranging ourselves from our emotions hobbles our capacity to act wisely and compassionately. Research has shown that deteriorated emotional functioning- likely caused by damage to brain regions involved in emotional processing, can retard our ability to make sound decisions even if our I.Q. remains intact. So if you want to make optimal decisions, DO NOT leave your emotions out of the picture.”

Astrologers Charles and Suzi Harvey provide counsel for the Cancer Sun, Libra Moon individual:

“When you can understand your different needs, you can direct your analytical talents to yourself and see that it is okay to be both needy and friendly, emotional and intellectual, self-protective and outgoing.”

The universe wouldn’t have conspired to grant you this particular blend if it wasn’t meant for you to have the opportunity to access the entire range of faculties and potentials contained in the Cancerian and Libran archetypes.

What sense would it make to possess this solar-lunar combination and have to “pick a side”?

Can the nurturer and the socialite be friends? Of course.

Can the artist and the healer have a productive relationship? Yes. In fact, it’s essential for them to bond in order for you to do your most potent work.

While you’ll be required to make decisions regarding the appropriate course of action where your mind and heart are concerned, if you’re truly committed to using what your sun-moon combination has to offer, you’ll be employing BOTH of them and your storehouse of resources will never be short.

If you have this blend in your birth chart, your theme song is : “Memory Of… (US)” by De La Soul featuring Estelle & Pete Rock. You can listen right here:


Aspects in Astrology: A Comprehensive Guide to Interpretation” by Sue Tompkins (2002, Inner Traditions Bear and Company, Rochester, VT)

Emotional Intimacy: A Comprehensive Guide for Connecting with the Power of Your Emotions” by Robert Augustus Masters (2013, Sounds True, Inc., Louisville, CO)

Sun Sign, Moon Sign: Discover the Personality Secrets of the 144 Sun-moon Combinations” by Charles and Suzi Harvey (2009, Harper Collins, London, UK)

Astrological Compatibility: We’re PEOPLE, not Signs

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Every now and then, I have to remind people: any two people, irrespective of their Sun signs are capable of having a successful relationship.

No matter what the chemistry (or synastry) looks like between the birth charts of two individuals, chances are, we’ll find ourselves having to make some adjustments when it comes to learning another person.

If we’re constantly going on and on about how we’ll never date a person of a certain sign or we “just don’t get along” with Scorpio’s or Capricorns, we may find that we create a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts. Especially, if we have no desire to do the work which will actually help us arrive at the root of our issues.

Here are the facts; when it comes to ANY sign of the zodiac, they have their functional, or constructive expressions, as well as their dysfunctional or maladaptive ones.

If both parties are willing, and committed to aspiring to the highest expressions of what their signs (and entire birth charts) have to offer, then it’s entirely possible to have a fulfilling relationship.

Granted, there are definitely some relationships which may pose more of a challenge when it comes to day- to-day living.

Sometimes, in Astrological chart comparisons, we tend to forget about the actual PEOPLE involved and obsess over planetary placements, measurements, etc. It’s important to remember that everyone is bringing their unique histories and experiences to the party.

Family dynamics, cultural factors and environment also have to be considered along with the Astrology to identify the potential for compatibility.  We also must remember that despite the “shared” dynamic, the two individuals are still on their own distinct growth journeys.

More on this topic later…..

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Developmental Lessons For Libra: “The Other Side of The Game”

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From the onset, it needs to be said that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, so when I write about sun signs, there are factors in the entire chart which are capable of heightening, suppressing or refining this energy.

As we proceed to look at the Libra archetype, the focus is now on the meaning of the scales’ function. After all, what exactly do scales do? They balance and they weigh.

Webster’s dictionary defines both a scale and a balance as:
“A beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends.”

Next, let’s examine the definition of weigh:
” To consider carefully, especially by balancing opposing factors or aspects in order to reach a choice or conclusion.”

This is the essence of the core life energy of Libra.

A large portion of Libra’s stimulus contains the balancing of their own ego recognition with the social acceptance of others. There is a continual weighing of what pleases others and the recognition of their own identity.

The process is lived out through the archetypal characters of the “nice” woman/man, the diplomat, the peacemaker, the smooth operator and the negotiator.

With this sign, the psychological need rests in being seen as attractive, fair, kind, and popular, and what better way to do that than to hold a continuous interest in what makes other people tick? To present yourself as charming and engaging, which in turn, puts others at ease and helps them feel important. An insightful quote from Alfred Adler, the Viennese psychologist, illustrates this point:

“It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow men who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring.”

Taking a look at all of the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, I would cast them all as possessing their own unique type of intelligence quotient:

Aries energy is inclined toward kinesthetic and leadership intelligence, Cancer is solidly rooted in emotional IQ. While Capricorn’s practical and managerial IQ is stellar,

Libra excels in social intelligence.

Libra energy is neatly attuned to seeing the “other side of the game” and opposing viewpoints seem to take on a particular fascination as a means to see “how the other half lives.” Libran’s are even inclined, to an extent, to take on the observer’s role when viewing themselves.

Like anything else, when this orientation is taken to the extreme, it tends to over function, which then presents itself as a dysfunctional display of behavior.

Consequently, an individual’s healthy social awareness has now denigrated to a stifling straitjacket because he/she is afraid to make a move or decision out of fear that someone will disapprove. Or, the “other’s” point of view has been under consideration so long, that they’ve completely forgotten about their own wants, needs and identity.

This is the time where the words of Albert Camus call for heavy consideration:

“To give oneself has no meaning unless one possesses oneself. You can give only what you have.”

After all, Libra: for you to be FREELY supported in your CENTER, you must BALANCE the weight on both ends: yourself, and the other side.

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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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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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