The Moon, Pluto and “Good Will Hunting”: Vulnerability & Risk


Most of us have seen the critically acclaimed 1997 film “Good Will Hunting”, which was directed by Gus Van Sant, starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard.

Damon, who plays the main character, Will Hunting, for which the film is named does a stunning job in portraying a 20 year old  troubled youth who have never left South Boston, a.k.a. “Southie”.

While Will’s physical circumference appears to be limited and tumultuous, his intellectual space is strikingly different, as he has an aptitude for solving some of the most complex mathematical equations in existence.

It could even be said that he possesses the capacity of a genius. Working as a janitor at M.I.T., Will finds his way into classrooms to “ghost-solve” these problems which are too difficult for other students to handle.

Early on in the film, it appears as if Will has gotten in his own way, as he’s being forced to make a series of difficult decisions as a result of a series of anger fueled actions. Namely, assaulting  a man who bullied him as a child.

In order to avoid jail time, he must decide if he’s going to accept the offer proposed by Professor Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Sharsgard). The deal is this: in exchange for no incarceration, Will has to see a therapist  and study math with the professor.

Eventually agreeing to the deal, Will goes on to perplex, frustrate and irritate the first few practitioners with whom he has contact.

Then, he meets Dr. Sean Maguire (Robin Williams).  therapist who is the former college roommate of  Dr. Lambeau and now a community college professor.

Let’s pause with the plot for a minute and bring the Moon and Pluto in….

Astrologically, the Moon symbolizes the contents of our emotional life. It’s what nourishes our hearts and ultimately brings us a deep sense on inner contentment and fulfillment. As one of the “lights” (along with the Astrological Sun), the Moon’s energy is connected to taking care of ourselves and others. It’s the Archetypal Mother, a.k.a. all of the instincts that we would universally associate with a Mother’s presence: our comfort, safety and general sense of well being.

Pluto symbolizes a myriad of processes. These processes are usually surrounded by upheaval of some kind in service of deep change, healing and eventual empowerment.

While “death” is frequently associated with Plutonian energy, and it CAN be on the physical plane, Pluto also has a powerful connection to metaphorical death. In order for us to grow, we must eliminate the old and the outworn. We must “kill of” the obsolete and useless parts of ourselves in order to create room for something new to be born (rebirth is also a Plutonian theme) which is more compatible with our current state of being.

There are many forms of individual Psychotherapy that are associated with Pluto, as the main focus is to bring hidden, buried or repressed (unconscious) material of the psyche to light. Making it conscious so that we’ll be able to direct our lives with a greater degree of awareness and responsibility. ultimately leading to a more authentic and satisfying existence.

Back to the plot…..

Will meets Sean and the first sessions are entirely unmemorable. Both Men are sitting in relative silence, waiting for time to elapse so they can get on with their lives. Very little information is shared.

Then…. something happens.

Typical of Pluto’s method of operation, it’s energy penetrates more than one sector of our lives, working on multiple fronts. When connected with the Moon, it can exhibit a purging quality which assists in attacking toxicity which is the result of deeply established and habitual emotional patterns.

One day, while in a session with Sean, Will listens to a story about giving up his ticket to game 6 of the 1975 World Series to “go see about a girl” who eventually became his wife. Unfortunately, she died of cancer at a later time and the way Sean speaks about her, it’s easy to tell that both the beauty of the relationship and the grief  associated from her death are still very much alive in his psyche.

Around the same time as the story is being told, Will has met Skylar (Minnie Driver), a British student who’s graduating from Harvard and planning on attending Graduate school at Stanford. Sean’s story encouraged Will to get to know Skylar and attempt to form what seems to be the semblance of a relationship.

As therapy moves on, both Will and Sean begin to slowly, but surely reveal more about themselves, both pushing back at one another. Sean refers to Will as a ” cocky,scared shitless kid”. He believes that Will’s genius has essentially come at the expense of being blocked from genuinely experiencing life on more than just a cerebral level. Conversely, Will accuses Sean, because of his wife’s death, of finding a “hiding place” from life, in a strikingly similar fear and shame based orientation, which won’t allow him to move on from being emotionally paralyzed from her memory.

Both Sean and Will are struggling to connect, but their fears and shame in regard to the situations from which they’ve come are posing both a challenge and a threat.  Therapist John Bradshaw says:

“Perhaps the greatest wound a shame-based person carries is the inability to be intimate in a relationship. This inability flows directly from out of the fundamental dishonesty at the core of toxic shame. To be a false self, always hiding and filled with secrets precludes the possibility of honesty in relationships.  And as I’ve suggested elsewhere, shame- based people always seek out relationships with shame-based people. Hockey players don’t usually hang out with professional bridge players. They don’t know each other’s rules. We tend to find those who play by the same rules.”

When I think about the combination of the Moon and Pluto in any aspect, but especially the “hard” ones (Square, Opposition, Conjunction), two words come to mind:


As we rewind back to Will’s relationship to Skylar, we realize that, at this point, he’s not only unwilling (and possibly unable) to be vulnerable with Sean, his therapist, but also with her. Will has been less than forthcoming about about his past, his friends and the environment he’s been immersed in. As it stands at this point in the film, Skylar is unable to convince Will that she loves him for the person he is. He makes mention that the truth, as he sees it, is that she really knows so little about him, and that he may just be some “experiment” or charity case that she can mention in a passing story to her “educated” friends sometime down the line.

Moon-Pluto contacts offer a wonderful opportunity for us to come into contact with the deeper parts of our emotional body. That which lies beneath the surface. However, there’s a price for admission into those realms.

The cost is usually related to allowing ourselves to be vulnerable enough to put our fears, guilt, shame and insecurities on display. While this can most certainly be done in a safe, intimate space, finding the space isn’t easy. Also, finding those that we TRUST enough to share in an experience of emotional release with can prove to be an even more daunting task. After all, there’s no guarantee of any “reward” in the sense of something being “given” to us because of our self-disclosure.

However, there’s a sense of self-affirmation that can be experienced. The feeling that we didn’t hold anything back, which most certainly contributes to our storehouse of wholeness.

One of the lessons here is: In order to heal, and deeply connect to another human being, it’s essential that we locate the root causes of our pain. If we want to be deeply known, we will have to place our depths on the line.

Our depths are not only what makes us feel afraid or uneasy, but also what brings a richness and intensity to our lives. They are gifts.

The ultimate questions center around how willing we are to explore the nether regions of our psyches and the extent of our courage when we find something that doesn’t sit well with our image that we would like to maintain of ourselves. We must resist disowning parts of ourselves that don’t live up to “ideal’ standards.

” As forms of energy, the disowned parts of us exert considerable influence on us. Shame-based people tend to be exhausted a lot of the time. They spend a lot of energy holding on to their false self-masks and hiding their disowned parts. I have compared it to keeping guard on hungry dogs. The repressed parts exert lots of pressure by forcing us to keep their opposites going.”

The work of Hal Stone and Sidra Winkleman suggests an approach to dealing with all of our “selves”. The underlying premise is:


“Nothing could be more affirming and less shaming. Every aspect of every person is crucial for wholeness and completeness. There is no law which says that one part is better than another part. Our consciousness with its many selves needs to operate on principles of social equality and democracy.”

Not all stories have a happy ending. Fortunately, this film does. Sean and Will both share with each other that they were the victims of physical abuse as a child. Much of Will’s angst centered around internalized guilt and shame from thinking that HE was the problem, and that what what transpired was somehow HIS fault. Having traveled down the same path, Sean lovingly and repeatedly assured him: “IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.”

Through moments like these, Sean and Will are set on the Moon-Pluto path to healing from the shame that once bound them exclusively to the chains of anger and pain.

The film concludes with Sean deciding to take a sabbatical and travel the world and Will driving to California to “see about a girl”.

What’s your story going to be? How would yu like it to end?

References: [ Various “Good Will Hunting”  info from Wikipedia]

Quotes from: “Healing The Shame That Binds You.” by John Bradshaw


Gemini Sun, Capricorn Moon : “The Light & The Heavy”

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The core of your being is illuminated by maintaining a youthful, breezy adaptability, as there’s an uncanny  ability to adjust to life’s situations irrespective of what’s thrown at you.

However, many times this is perceived as a lack of seriousness about life and that’s far from the case. Inside, you struggle from bouts of inadequacy because you always think that you should be “better” in relation to anything you touch or any interaction you have. There’s a tight grip on your heart and the playfulness serves as a way to ease that weight.

Taking responsibility for your emotional life is one of your greatest lessons to learn because at your highest potential you’re designed to live a life of integrity where the public and private you is aligned. You don’t have to fake it. The reality of your feelings is one of your greatest allies. So, curbing the tendency to bury significant emotions under a veneer of jokes only enables you to further evade the root of  issues that need to be addressed.

Once that accountability is established, you’ll feel more grounded and confident. In addition, you’re able to more effectively deal with the feelings of others with an air of detachment which doesn’t say ” I don’t care”, but rather finds an objective space which will prevent you from being swayed into unhealthy decision-making.

With your Sun/Moon blend, the “youth” and the adult can work in unison. Understand that all work and no play indeed makes you dull, but also there are definitely matters in life which require the sober, ponderous and strategic approach that is naturally yours.

Balancing your sociability and solitude is also a key theme when it comes to your cosmic signature. You need time to process things and this needs to be accepted.  You will need to find the sweet spot between focus and variety. You can’t be everywhere at once and this can scatter your energies as well as your brain.

If you’re able to successfully navigate this terrain, you will undoubtedly feel as if your ideas and your life in general has gained an “elastic pragmatism” where you can entertain possibilities, but have the common sense to know which ones are worth entertaining and which ones are merely flights of fancy.

At best, you possess a solid, hard-won emotional savvy along with a mental agility that can strip people and situations down to the bare bones. At worst you refuse to allow yourself the space needed to address your inner needs and overcompensate by convincing yourself and others that your life is nothing but fun and games.

Taurus Sun, Leo Moon

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“Any real change implies the break up of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or thought one knew; to what one possessed or dreamed that one possessed. Yet it is only when man is able, without bitterness or self pity to surrender a dream he has long cherished, or a privilege he has long possessed,that he is set free-that he has set himself free- for higher dreams, for greater privileges.”

-James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

The word change is defined in Webster’s dictionary as [1] To make different in some particular. [2] To make radically different: transform and [3] To give a position, course or direction to. It’s my contention  that in order to embrace our authenticity, we must become acquainted with change in some form and hone our ability to navigate those waters. This undoubtedly requires risk.

To truly be who we are and validate ourselves sans outside approval requires a tremendous amount of patience and intestinal fortitude. The combination of a Taurus Sun and Leo Moon serves as an accurate illustrator of the path of internal certification. On a general level, the combination of these two signs implies a relationship of dynamic or developmental tension. 

This means when they’re synthesized the most significant growth can  emerge via periods of crisis, upheaval or intense circumstances which demand that we make very clear progression or regression choices. In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Taurus and the Moon in Leo, the core life energy is geared toward safety and security; the maintenance of stability. Keeping things as they are with relatively few surprises is the prevailing order of the day.

The Venus ruled Taurean energy is also stimulated by pleasure and the enjoyment of creature comforts which awaken and stir the senses. As an earth sign, the bull wants something they can “grab a hold of”  to point to as a symbol of certainty, whether it’s a career, relationship or money in the bank. The Leo Moon uses the Taurus Sun’s light to reflect an individual whose personality needs consist of identity validation, approval,  and the recognition and fundamental appreciation of their uniqueness. All of these emotional needs are ingredients to the puzzle of self esteem:

“Self esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as worthy of happiness.”

In order to be emotionally fulfilled, the Moon in Leo person must feel as if they have the necessary tools to not only “cope” as an individual,  but to flourish. With Leo’s sense of self-importance, there’s no “just getting by”. If that were to be the case, they might be viewed as “ordinary”, and in their book, that’s something too be avoided at all costs:

Needing to live up to a big and rather dramatized image of themselves, the Leo Moon person can be rather a show off. But they do it with such innocence and high expectations that they are often forgiven for their tendency toward self absorption and dramatization.”

When these Sun/Moon energies are blended, the tension which exists vacillates from wanting to keep conditions the same to desiring a growth and advance in the personality. A balance is required to maximize this placement. Stability of the most basic sort is required in our lives. However, part of acquiring self-esteem is the ability to successfully adjust to changes. To drop the script, act or image of this “big” person that you’ve convinced yourself that you need to embody and get on with the business of being yourself. If this path of authenticity is sought with great effort, the individual has the potential to be warmly inspiring and supportive to others who are also on their quest for self-actualization. In Nathaniel Branden’s book “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”, there’s a rundown of some basic ways self-esteem manifests in ourselves and others, many of which I deem applicable to the optimum use of the Taurus Sun/Leo Moon combination:

“Self-esteem expresses itself in a face, manner and way of talking and moving that projects the pleasure one takes in being alive. It expresses itself in an ease in talking of accomplishments or shortcomings with directness and honesty, since one is in friendly relationship to facts. It expresses itself in the comfort one experiences in giving and receiving compliments, expressions of affection, appreciation and the like. It expresses itself in an openness to criticism and a comfort about acknowledging mistakes because one’s self esteem is not tied to an image of “being perfect.”

“It expresses itself in one’s comfort with assertive (not belligerent) behavior in oneself and others. It expresses itself in an ability to preserve a quality of harmony and dignity under conditions of stress.”

Stability does not have to be synonymous with sameness or inertia. The highest compliment the Sun-Moon blend of Taurus and Leo can bestow upon the universe is to embrace taking the risks which come with the pursuit of authenticity and to implement personal changes over time which will allow them to meet the demands of genuine self-esteem.

References: “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” by Nathaniel Branden; “Person To Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex and Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo

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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.


The 1st/7th House Axis in Astrology, & Intimate Partnerships: Separately Together

In M. Scott Peck’s classic book “The Road Less Traveled”, the author emphasizes some very significant points regarding the definition of genuine love within the context of relationships. 

Peck states that a major characteristic in relationships that are truly loving and intimate, is the ability to make the distinction between yourself and the other person.

Although the act of coming together and being a part of each other’s spiritual reality is paramount, the individual identity of the two separate people must always be preserved if the partnership is going to be truly healthy.

Additionally, “the genuine lover always respects and even encourages this separateness and the unique individuality of the beloved. Failure to perceive and respect this separateness is extremely common however, and the cause of much mental illness and unnecessary suffering.”

Many intimate relationships begin with two people becoming mutually captivated with each other’s personalities. They’re both extremely attracted to  and excited about what each other represents.

However, the erroneous assumptions and miscalculations creep in when one, or both partners advocate for the union to dissolve or severely minimize their individual identities. 

It’s as if the parties involved are now asking the person they said they were madly and deeply attracted to, to relinquish their sense of self in favor of a composite identity represented by “we”.

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While it is certainly logical that a shift will naturally occur just because of the nuances of being partnered, the pressing question is if the destiny of the dynamic of couple hood has now exceeded that of individual purpose.

I quote again from Peck:

“In it’s most extreme form, the failure to perceive the separateness of the other is called narcissism. Frankly narcissistic individuals are actually unable to perceive their children, spouses or friends as being separate from themselves on an emotional level.”

Astrologically speaking, these challenges and dilemmas are “at home” in the 1st and 7th houses, which oppose, yet compliment one another.

Simply defined, the 1st house represents “us” and our identitieswhat we wish to project out into the world both physically and energetically.

The 7th house symbolizes “them” the “other” in our lives: spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, business partners and anyone whom we may deal with on a one to one basis. 

Along with other chart factors, these two houses, and the planets contained therein, contribute to the ongoing story of who we’re becoming, who we attract into our lives and the type of dynamics that need to exist in our partnerships.

We need not view the 1st/7th house axis as antagonistic, rather it would be in our best interest to ask more questions about what we see here.

What are my true relationship needs? What is my individual life purpose? How does my sense of self contribute to a collective destiny? Am I able to freely express and assert my identity within a relationship? In what ways is my partner different from me? Do I honor those differences? Does my partner respect my individuality?

The inability to come to terms with separateness in relationships can have a detrimental effect, as it can cause the once lively buoyant partnership to disintegrate into mundane numbness.  This phenomena is not only directed toward marriages and the like, but friendships, co-worker relationships and family as well. 

It’s vital that we examine OUR life purposes within a relationship as they pertain to US. That we avoid the age old mistake of placing the destinies and life tasks of others, no matter how close we may be to them, inside our own psychological framework.

Let’s remember that even though we may be “partnered” with another person, we both came to this earth with an individual mission to accomplish independent of the union.

Because two individuals unite, in no way does this mean that their personal work is done. It’s imperative that both people participate in experiences outside of the relationship realm in order to foster not only their sense of self, but also the growth of the entire partnership. 

Intimate relationships require time, energy and mutual sacrifice. However, let us consider a portion of the time invested as a solid foundation, or a directional queue toward our individual spiritual work on this earth, with this ultimate goal:

To honor our identities by fully participating in the experiences we need to fulfill our individual life purposes, while expending the effort and respecting the contributions needed to help an intimate partnership develop, thrive and ultimately flourish.
Reference : “The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth” by M. Scott Peck  

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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.



Gemini Sun, Sagittarius Moon : “Full Versatility”

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You ask:

What if my message is chalked up as having little to no significance? What is no one respects what I have to say?

With this Sun/Moon blend, these can be questions of concern.

If you believe in your words and get out of your own way, you have the capability of showing a wide range of  intelligence.

Your life energy is focused into areas which require adaptability and a multi-faceted approach. The potential and raw materials are there for you to be a quick study. In order to maintain your sanity, diversity and fresh approaches must be present.

Dissemination of information is your forte and you have the reigning need to have what you disperse reflect profound and far sighted vision. Employing and stretching your intuitive capacities is part of a road map to get where you need to be. Going above and beyond your immediate environment, whether that’s out of the country, or a short vacation from the left brain.

Let your youthful, tireless curiosity lead you into the land of synthesis and synergy- searching for connections, even if they seem unrelated at the time. You need to live robustly and largely without pretension, so getting bogged down in “classification” , facts and figures can lead to paralysis in trusting the bounty of your philosophical insight. Chances are, you want to communicate high ideas and ideals to a wide variety of people.

Be confident that they’re waiting to hear what comes out of your mouth.

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Astrology & Compatibility: Eliminating the Myth of the “Perfect Match”

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“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

Where intimate relationships are concerned, there seems to be an ongoing debate regarding the significance of zodiac signs and astrology in general.

Some think astrology is quite helpful as a tool for self knowledge and it’s ability to highlight the themes and tendencies which may be present in their personal relationships, while others cast astrology as containing minimal merit and even playing  on the naivete and desperation of individuals who are searching for answers as to why they cannot find their dream partner or soulmate.

In true Sagittarian fashion, I’m going to give it to you straight.

Astrology is a strikingly profound art. When used constructively, practically, and with honorable intentions, it can reveal a great deal of valuable information regarding our compatibility with another individual.


However, what it doesn’t reveal is the level of consciousness at which we, or the partners we are comparing ourselves with are living out in our birth charts. Astrology does not tell us how mature we are or how accountable we are for our behavior.


In synastry,(a.k.a. relationship astrology) having a “good” chart does not let you off the hook in maintaining the relationship any more than having a beautiful front lawn excuses you from mowing and caring for it.

Conversely, while a “difficult” chart may indicate challenges, if addressed earnestly, the two individuals may produce an inseperable union built on integrity, trust and mutual respect.

If we truly plan on using astrology for guidance in dating and relationships the way it was intended, the best method of operation is for us to know ourselves first.

Let’s have our charts interpreted by a competent professional astrologer. Or, at the minimum, explore a reliable free website to obtain a copy of our birth charts.

Through active participation we will be vastly more equipped to delve into, and evaluate, with discrimination, the wealth of information available in books and cyberspace. It is a requirement that we develop a thorough understanding of our own astrological dynamics, or we will find ourselves forever uttering the dreaded sentences:

“I’ll never date a (insert zodiac sign) again” or 
“I don’t date (insert zodiac sign)”

For example, let’s say that you are now praising the celestial gods because you’ve found your “ideal” Pisces Man/Woman, and it appears that you’ll never have to deal with the cold, remote and impersonal Aquarian energies that give you the heebie- jeebies.


However, you never looked deeply enough into the totality of astrology to find out that he/she’s an Aquarius rising with a stellium of the moon, mercury and venus in aquarius in the 11th house. True, the individual may have a Pisces sun, but a major portion of their chart reflects the same Aquarian flavoring that you were so intent upon escaping from.

We may need to participate in some serious self-examination and ask ourselves honest questions regarding whether we’ve discovered another convenient scapegoat on which to pin our anxieties, insecurities and frustrations.

Or, we sincerely want to incorporate astrology as a viable system of assistance and insight, into our relationships.

Another point worth considering is: through astrological research,  we may  discover that what’s holding us back is US.

OUR fears, phobias, baggage, complexes, etc… which we have conveniently projected upon the Scorpios, Sagittarians and Libra’s of the world. Maybe we’re not personifying the highest energies of our individual planetary placements and relationships. Difficult to read? Yes. Worth considering? Also yes.


When we reduce or remove accountability from the equationand minimize the power of our own efforts at self-improvement, we have not only failed astrology, but more importantly failed ourselves.

Working in our best interest, we allow astrology to serve us as a tool, we don’t serve IT, coupled with the self-deception that some irreversible cosmic fate awaits us.

So, who is your astrological dream match?

The answer is YOU.

The better YOU that you’re becoming. The YOU that you’re sincerely and consistently working to improve. YOU, with all of your strengths, talentsgifts, flaws and challenges. The wiser YOU, who, through experience has become more enlightened, liberated from past hurts, and more loving.

The life-affirming and positive YOU, who is ready to embark on the journey of becoming fully engaged in relating to another human being in an honest, intimate and heartfelt manner. Respecting and honoring your individual destinies, while sharing a collective quest.

Know and become yourself, and watch your world expand.         

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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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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)