Planetary Portraits: Neptune In the 1st House : “The Dreamer”

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The Dreamer.

Yes, the world needs your inspired visions, and with Neptune located in the 1st house, it’s suggested that you can project a transcendental idealism forward for everyone to witness. In fact, you may wear it right on your sleeve.

With such a well-developed sensitivity, such a strong identification with the collective can be a double edged sword.

On the “pro” side, empathizing with others is second nature.

The capacity to emotionally absorb assists you in easily placing yourself in another’s shoes. As a “con” the potential is there for you to easily become so immersed in the issues of others that it stifles your creativity and drains you of your life force. Picture witnessing someone sinking in quicksand, you feel their pain, so you run to help. However, before you know it you’ve allowed that person to pull you right down in with them. Now, no one can prosper from the situation.

This placement suggests a presence that’s ethereal, for lack of a better word. Some could see you as an angel walking on two feet. Your openness to life and boundless imagination are resources which can assist you in developing the ability to poeticize life; to use symbolism to convey your hopes for a better world. You’re one of the people that we look to for lofty ideals and elevated concepts.

Your psychic openness must have some type of boundary, and remember: there’s just as much responsibility on YOU, as there is anyone else, for allowing your plentiful energy reservoirs to be tapped and depleted.

Boundaries are designed to protect life.

Dream on, and keep us all informed.

Planetary Portraits: Neptune in the 7th House

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In order to gain a fundamental understanding of the vast array of potentials of how the planet Neptune may operate in the 7th house of our birth chart, it is first necessary to introduce the idea of planetary process (Neptune) as well as grasp the field of life experience (7th house) where it’s operative.

With Neptune, we gravitate toward themes of merging, idealization, sacrifice, inspiration and elevation.  Also, in a more disordered state: deception, confusion, addiction, rescue and victim-hood. The domain of the 7th house covers expansive territory, but it’s most commonly known as the house of the “other”. As supported by designations of the 7th house throughout history, the other can take the forms of a primary relationship, such as a wife, husband or intimate partner or someone we deal closely with in business, or even have a line of communication as “open enemies”.

This placement isn’t necessarily the easiest to decipher because Neptune also has an association with the invisible; things which we can’t see with the naked eye, but are operative nonetheless. Therefore, an unconscious element is immediately added to the mix.

In its most constructive sense, Neptune’s position in the 7th house suggests that we have a storehouse or toolbox of Neptunian qualities to offer in our close personal relationships. Unconditional acceptance, a sense of unity, rhythm and flow and the capacity to inspire others to raise themselves to greater heights in their own lives. The term “muse” immediately comes to mind as we explore the magical feeling which can accompany the dynamics illustrated by this placement.

However, one of the challenge areas for anything Neptune related is to gain an unflinching sense of reality and to firmly and fully understand that a clear distinction must be made between what’s ideal and what’s concrete.

The call for those with this placement is serious exploration of how they can synthesize a sense of hope in their relationships with real participation. To consider how over idealization or glamorization of the other through projection may create a fantasy laden bubble, which in its most self-deceptive form, is given the label of “transcendence”, but is merely a cleverly concocted guise designed to shield oneself from the pain associated with disappointment.

With Neptune in the 7th house, cultivating the ability to see one’s relationships for what they are is of the utmost importance.

Returning to Neptune’s association with the invisible,  it’s worth exploring the concept that those who share this placement may work in collusion with partners by making secret and unconscious agreements which are not in their best interest. While the goal of unconditional love and acceptance is certainly admirable on the surface, the question which immediately arises is : “WHOM am I really loving?”

In many cases there can be a clandestine contract which binds partners to suspending many aspects of themselves which they feel are “negative” in nature in order to sustain intoxicating feelings of romantic bliss. Inherent in this contract is the understanding that the two people won’t overtly compete,  “step on each other’s toes”, or confront their obvious needs in the relationship. In short, maintaining a stance of mutual selflessness.

However, when the “fairy dust” clears and an initial intoxication has given way to sobriety, feelings of anger emerge because one or both parties start to feel as if they’ve been played, or sold a bill of goods because the other party isn’t “what they presented themselves to be.” The glamour of Neptune has now regressed into the victim status where everyone involved wants a “refund” for their glittery purchase they made months ago because it’s not operating in accordance with their rose-colored standards.

Douglas and Naomi Moseley write:

“Idealizers are seeing what they want to see, usually having to do with their own highest expectation of the person being idealized. essentially, idealizers are seeing only a very limited vision of a person. As they hold on to this series of selective perceptions, this ideal, what they’re seeing is essentially an illusion of their own creation. Their sight has more to do with a perfected ideal than an ordinary flesh-and-blood person. Extreme idealizers (perhaps the ones who most strongly believe they are offering unconditional love) will often refuse to see anything other than their ideal.”

While the person who is the object of such projections may be flattered initially, over time, discomfort develops because in their heart of hearts, they realize that they’re not being appreciated for who they really are, but rather an inanimate object of sorts that merely responds in a way which is in exact accord with the wants and needs of the idealizer.

“When people are only seen for their specialness and not accepted just as much for their ordinariness (which includes the shadow side), what they feel underneath the surface is rejection. When they feel rejected and defined by someone else’s expectations, one of the major consequences is anger. But, as idealized individuals, they’re not “expected” to have anger and they often push the anger out of their awareness.”

What we come to ponder in regard to a 7th house Neptune is why we automatically associate difficulty with negativity and disdain. A frame of reference that’s absolutely necessary for working constructively with this placement is that of discriminating between the challenges in relationships that are necessary for growth and victimization via the allowance of hurtful behaviors.

We must understand that self-inflicted suffering in relationships doesn’t make us any more “spiritual” than the next person. In fact, if we’re exhibiting this attitude we must ask what we get out of “falling on our swords” and permitting ourselves to endure what amounts to nothing other than  blatant mistreatment. Consequently, a formidable argument can be made that to see reality, with the utmost clarity, no matter how stark and sobering, is one of the ultimate functions that authentic spirituality serves.

References:

Dancing in the Dark: The Shadow Side of Intimate Relationships by Douglas and Naomi Moseley (North Star Publications, Georgetown, MA)

The Houses: Temples of the Sky by Deborah Houlding (The Wessex Astrologer, LTD)

Introduction to AstroPsychology by Glenn Perry

Venus Square Neptune : Seeing Through The Fog

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Work With Conjunctions In the Birth Chart : Focus and Unity

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If you’re new to Astrology, you’re probably trying to make sense of the slew of new terms that are being thrown your way all at once.  Chances are, just as you’ve figure out and obtained a handle on what ONE thing means- BAM! You’re hit with something else to decipher. I think you’ll find that this is all in the adventure.

The term that we’ll be covering in this blog post is CONJUNCTION.

The formal definition of a conjunction is:

“An aspect maintained by two or more planets posited within the same degree of longitude. It is sometimes called the aspect of prominence in that it brings the workings of the planets involved into a prominent position relative to the chart.”

Most Astrologers list a conjunction as one of the major aspects. However, it can be debated that it’s not an actual aspect because of the non-separation of the planets. Either way you look at it, the conjunction is the easiest to spot in a birth chart, because all of the planets are in the same sign. There are also instances where a conjunction would be possible between neighboring signs.

Some Astrologers use what are called orbs, which are spheres of influence between the planets to determine the relative strength of the aspect. I use the Whole Sign house system where I look at planets in the same sign as being conjunct no matter how far they are apart. I’ve found that planets in the same sign, no matter how distant are speaking the same language.

In your birth chart, where there are conjunctions there is UNITY and FOCUS.

The planets are like friends that are inseparable and you never see one without the other. If it’s a multiple conjunction it’s like a squad that hangs tight together. What ONE does, all of them do.

Using the chart above as a reference, we see that there’s a tremendous Sagittarian presence and the “crew” that’s involved is the Sun, Mercury, Neptune, Venus and the Ascendant.  All of these would play an important role in the individual’s identity development, as they’re situated in the first house.

Potentially, the portrait of this person would be one of an individual taking the most broad and all- encompassing view possible in seeking authentic truth and asking the enduring, large- scale questions that ponder our existence in this universe.

There’s a sense of someone who also seeks to educate and bring out the innate understanding in each and every one of us. Also, a desire to express opinions is prevalent as well as a universal way of relating based on personal growth and expansion.

The processes which are indicated by the planets in question operate in an undifferentiated manner through the psyche of this person.

This is merely a sample interpretation. However, if you have a conjunction (or multiple ones) in your birth chart, it’s of the utmost importance to explore the planetary energies which are in combination as well as the sign that they’re located in. There’s a potency and concentration here and where that’s the case, talents have the opportunity to emerge. Please check it out and I would love to know what you discover.

Reference: The Arkana Dictionary of Astrology by Fred Gettings

Holistic Astrology’s Message: You’re Much More Than Your Sun Sign

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” We have already been given everything we need; our task is to assemble it and use it in the appropriate way. Nothing is meaningful as long as we perceive only separate fragments. But as soon as the fragments come together into a synthesis, a new entity emerges, whose nature we could not have foreseen by considering the fragments alone.”

-Piero Ferrucci from “What We May Be”

As I progress through my astrological career, here’s one of the most perplexing themes that I’ve noticed: on the whole, as a society we don’t give ourselves anywhere near the credit we deserve for our depth, complexity and for the multi-dimensional facets of our humanness.

In fact, some of us even appear to prefer labels; to be put into nice comfortable boxes complete with a “kit” full of goodies that we need to embody that pre-packaged persona. Let’s just call this the fast food version of self-expression. Shall we?

Well….this leads me to another question? Do we “do” labels in order to evade the vulnerability contained in what we deem as the “lesser” parts of our being? Do we say: yes, just put me in that box- quick! No one will even think of my challenges in other areas? So, then we quickly become “secure”/”insecure” ; “rational”/”intuitive”, “homebodies”/”travelers”, “conscious”/”unconscious, “intelligent/”ignorant”, when the truth is, we are ALL of these, just to a greater or a lesser degree.

So, where does astrology fit into the picture? When someone asks the famous cocktail party question: “what’s your sign?” What they’re referring to is known as our sun sign.

Usually, those who are unfamiliar with the reality of an entire birth chart would answer the question and proceed to talk a bit about some descriptive words they read on a zodiac poster, or a paper weight in their co-workers office. If you who are reading this fall into that category, I applaud you.

The fact that you’re even on this web page tells me that you think there’s much more to what you read on that Pisces t-shirt and Capricorn bumper sticker. And guess what?? You are most certainly correct.

When used irresponsibly and not as a tool for spiritual and psychological growth, astrology runs the risk of being reduced to a “one size fits all”, static classification system rather than recognized as the rich, expansive symbolic art which gives life to potentials and possibilities and is fortified with depth and meaning through synthesis.

These observations are by no means designed to discount the importance of sun signs within the totality of our birth charts. In fact, it is essential that we honor our suns, for the mastery of the energies represented by our sun signs are imperative to our spiritual evolution. There is, however a danger that we must be aware of which is stated so eloquently by Ferruci:

” This realization leads us to consider perhaps the greatest and most common of all dangers: one-sidedness. Were we to develop only one part of our being to the exclusion of all others- be it the body, or feelings, or “spirit”, or what have you-that part would be invested with a power it doesn’t deserveIt could become demonic and make of us limited and perhaps, even fanatical beings.”

In addition to our Sun sign, which symbolizes our individuality, we must integrate our Moon sign, which speaks to our emotional life, intuition and our deepest needs. Our Mercury sign, which illustrates how we thinkand communicate. Our Venus sign, which testifies to the manner in which we express our enjoyment and appreciation of the pleasures of life. Also, how we relate to our fellow human beings. 

Our Mars sign, which is all about taking action, asserting ourselves and sexual expression. Our Jupiter sign that indicates how we believe, have faith, express our philosophies and find meaning. Saturn’s sign in our birth chart lends it’s expression to how we exert our authorityspend our time and exercise discipline and responsibility.

While the outer planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, are generational by sign placement, they are still very important based on what houses they inhabit and the aspects they make to personal planets. All of these planets insist on inclusion.

So, yes ladies and gentlemen, this is our lifetime homework. To take these parts and successfully weave them into a functioning whole working at it’s optimum level and exercising it’s full potential.

Lastly, Ferruci states:

” When it is balanced and healthy, human growth proceeds in all directions: it looks like an expanding sphere rather than a straight line. It is for precisely this reason that psychosynthesis endeavors to take into consideration all the dimensions of human life which truly matter and which, if left unacknowledged, lead to a fragmented, even absurd existence.”

This statement applies directly to my astrological philosophy. Like Amerie, that “1 Thing” mentality has got me trippin’, too.

Venus, Neptune and Nebulous Relationships: “We’re Just Kickin’ It”

For those of you who have seen Theodore Witcher’s 1997 film “Love Jones”, starring Nia Long, Larenz Tate, Isaiah Washington and Bill Bellamy,you’re probably no stranger to the scene above.

However, you may have never read an article that assigns and Astrological correlation to that particular dynamic.  When I think back to that scene, the first phrase that comes to mind is : NEBULOUS RELATIONSHIPS.

Astrologically, the planetary combination which would most suggest this type of energy would be Venus and Neptune.

Venus suggests relating with another person. It’s about human connection, sharing and interaction. In addition, Venus is connected to what we find pleasing, attractive and beautiful. What we VALUE.

Along with Mars and other planets, Venus is a part of the ” cosmic sexual network”, suggesting sensuality and the pleasures of the body.

‘Nebulous’ is a great word for Neptune, as it means: unclear, vague, or not easily defined.

Much of Neptune’s energy conflicts with the typical Western world orientation because it’s connected to what we don’t readily see: the invisible worlds. Consequently, to flow with Neptune, a different set of lenses is required.When used constructively, the Neptunian vibe can provide a flavoring that is uplifting, inspiring and transcendent.

So… what happens when Venus and Neptune meet?

This planetary combination, whether in synastry or an individual birth chart, carries potential for a highly sensitized, refined and boundless type of love. One which provides a sense of unity and spiritual connection.

There’s also potential to form relationships which seem to be surrounded by some type of ambiguous haze or smokescreen. Associations that aren’t clearly defined. Even situations where there’s conscious or unconscious deceit and deception whether self-induced or directed toward the other party.

In this particular scene, Darius (Larenz Tate) and Savon (Isaiah Washington) are playing a friendly game of pool discussing whether or not Savon feels like his partner is his “soul mate”. The conversation takes a turn and eventually lands in the territory of Darius’ newly formed relationship with Nina (Nia Long).

Darius goes on to describe an ethereal sexual encounter with Nina, but won’t allow himself to go any further than saying that the “sex was good” and they’re just “kickin’ it”. Savon then gives him an emphatic warning about the possibility of deceiving himself in the matters of love, and lets him know, from his view what happens when “that jones comes down.”

When Venus-Neptune contacts are operating dysfunctionally, one of the potential dangers is intoxication. In relationships, we  might find ourselves somehow able to experience the benefits of euphoric bliss without having to clearly connect it to anything which suggests deeper feelings or putting our vulnerability on the line. After all, this is risky.

The “trickster” side of Neptune says : “If you don’t give it a name, then it can’t weave its way into your heart and psyche.”

However, as we become more involved, we wonder where these strange, “out of the blue” emotions are coming from, as if not giving our unspoken agreements with someone else an official title has stopped us from experiencing any feelings.

So, in our heads, “we’re just kickin’ it”. But in our hearts, the JONES is on it’s way down.

Relationship Astrology: Neptune-Ascendant Contacts in Synastry : The “Dream Merchant”

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When we think about Neptunian energy, something that is not immediately graspable comes to mind. It’s elusive, nebulous and boundless. Equally, it’s ethereal and enchanting.

Upon meeting another individual, the Ascendant, a.k.a., the rising sign is usually what we’ll encounter as being their “representative”. While the Ascendant isn’t our inner essence, it makes a statement about our orientation to the world and symbolizes the “vehicle” most aptly equipped to help us navigate our life terrain.

What do we make of it when one person’s Neptune contacts another’s Ascendant (or vice versa) via synastry?

The answers to this question can range from awe inspiring and soul stirring to unbelievably delusional and deceptive. With Neptune in the picture, idealism is at the forefront of the entire interaction.

Automatically, there’s an inclination to view each other in a state of how we would WANT things to be.

While not inherently harmful, what’s important is to make the distinction of what realities are present in the relationship without using that idealism to obscure things that we might find unpleasant or difficult to deal with. The trouble begins when we invent an alternative universe because we find that the one staring us in the face to be less than Nina Mosley and Darius Lovehall’s chance meeting at “The Sanctuary”.

There’s a fascination contained in these contacts, which in true Neptunian fashion, goes above and beyond description and catapults us into the world of inspirational visions. Chances are, if you have this aspect with another person, there is a “pull” of allure that you feel that you must explore.

There’s no doubt that the Neptune-Ascendant link can denote a spiritual connection and unconditional acceptance of the other person.

There can be a feeling of “purified” admiration for each other’s self-presentation. If both people are mature and authentic in what they show the world, this aspect makes for an uplifting one where they can be of assistance to one another, infusing creativity into one another’s aspirations.

On the flip side, if we allow our imagination to run buck wild with no concrete grounding, we’ll be somewhere screaming that this person “wasn’t what i thought they were” or falling victim to the wiles of “Mr. Dream Merchant” who warns us:

“I sell dreams/sell schemes, sell you anything for a bite of that cream/but once you get what you get it’s not as good as it seems- so just open up your eyes……”

Neptune-Ascendant contacts teach us to remain awake to the possibilities, while not allowing ourselves to be lulled to sleep into a ultra quixotic dream.

Mars-Neptune Contacts in Synastry= ” And On the Count of three…Everybody Run Back to Ya Fantasy”

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Most hip hop fans are familiar with Common’s 2005 album “Be”, and his song featuring Kanye West entitled “Go”.

” And on the count of three…everybody run back to ya fantasy…”

When I think about how Mars relates to Neptune in a synastry chart, this song struck a chord with me IMMEDIATELY.

Mars literally symbolizes our “GO”.  It represents our drive, action and our efforts to obtain what we desire, whether it’s the fulfillment of cherished goals, status, power or SEX.

Neptune’s energy is slippery, ethereal, nebulous and boundless. Something we can’t quite put our finger on. Frankly, it can be difficult to grasp.

So, what’s the dynamic look like when there’s Mars-Neptune contact between two individuals?

On the constructive side, the potential is immense for a couple to dream together actively. An unconditional and steady support of each partner’s aspirations can be honored with this planetary pairing. Mutual creativity and inspiration may abound which springs from the feeling of being connected to the whole of life.

Both people have the potential to motivate one another to transcend the constraints of living a one dimensional existence, or a life rigidly defined within linear limitations.

Sexually,  a potent thrust of idealism and a “sixth sense” psychic connection can serve as the golden threads which permeate the relationship. There may be the feeling that one has discovered the PERFECT sexual union. That your partner touches you just the right way, utters the poetic, yet nasty words that excite and enchant you and whose movements mesh with the rhythms of your body.

The potential challenge, or even downfall can emerge when you depend on sexual liaisons to act as the exclusive sustainer of the relationship. You may become engulfed in a morass of haze, indecisiveness and confusion as to where you actually stand with your partner, as to what it all means now.

Although great sex may provide a temporary “high”, your intoxication may lead you to ignore  issues which continue to increase in their significance and bubble over as a result of your neglect.  When the smoke has cleared you may wake up and find yourself depleted of the energy it takes to honestly and squarely address your issues.

The remedy here is to couple up and use your collective powers of discrimination to understand the difference between fantasy as a form of creativity and journeying into the interior of one another’s psyche, and a lingering addiction or escape from reality which can severely block the flow of authentic intimacy.

So….at the count of three, you can run back to your fantasy, but it’s up to YOU to decide what the contents of that fantasy will be. The health of your relationship depends on it.

What Are Astrological Archetypes?

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Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist and psychotherapist, who is credited with giving the term “Archetype”  broad exposure, has defined it as :

“a universal and recurring image, pattern, or motif representing a typical human experience.”

Although these images are”universal”, they’re transformed and re-worked. Thereby, given a unique expression based on cultural influence. Archetypes represent patterns of behavior and models of people, which can reach us through a myriad of ways. Symbols, dreams, myths, art and music are just the tip of the iceberg of how these images permeate our consciousness.

Astrologically, our birth charts are infused with the energy and imprint of these archetypes in their own unique pattern. The recognition of how these forces are organized within our psyche is one of the keys to how we can realize and fulfill our deepest potentials; how we can actualize our most authentic nature.

Our success in dealing with our planetary maps largely rests on our ability to bring unconscious content “to the light”, so we’re better able to integrate it into our lives on a productive level. Otherwise, we may feel as if we’re being governed by forces which are outside of our control – like a puppet having its strings pulled. To a large extent, the individual who operates solely from the unconscious, is perplexed by his/her motivations and behavior. The better we understand the raw archetypal material we’re dealing with in our own charts, the more intelligently we’re able to work WITH the energies at our disposal and enhance our lives.

So… the question here is : what archetypal energies are we dealing with in our birth charts?

The basic answer to this question is related to the planets, a.k.a the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

The signs give clues to HOW that particular energy is expressed, a.k.a. its style.

There are also aspects, which are the geometrical relationships between planets which indicate how the particular planetary archetypes will “get along.”

Here are some examples:

The Sun: What we’re growing into, the ” I AM, elements that comprise the ego. The conscious part of our self-hood. The life force, or “Ka” to the Egyptians and Qi (Chi)to the Chinese. The “operations center” of the psyche. The president. Our individual center of self-expression. Where we shine.

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Sun in Sagittarius– The individual’s life force is connected to a panoramic view of the world, seeking to make connections in order to formulate a comprehensive life philosophy.

Sun-Jupiter: A broad conception of one’s identity. Seeking to expand one’s sense of self; to grow, develop, learn. Seeking wide experience to find meaning in life. Self exploration through intellectual and physical travel.

The Moon: The archetypal feminine. The unconscious, instinctual part of ourselves. The archetypal mother. In Egypt, the “Ba”. Yemaya. Our roots or ancestral ground. What brings us a sense of comfort and fulfillment. Homeland security or the Department of the Interior.

Moon in Cancer: Fulfillment comes through a sense of belonging to a biological or ideological family. There’s a reigning need to relate closely and intimately, displaying a warm, caring nature. The exercising of emotional intelligence.

Moon-Pluto: Psychological insight. Emotional Depth. Healing power and the urge to eliminate harmful emotional patterns. Gut level intuition. Helping others to navigate extremely tumultuous emotional terrain. Emotional manipulation and blackmail. Dealing with the shadow or taboos. Finding wealth in what appears to be emotional refuse.

 

Mercury: The mind. Processing information. Analysis. The Communicative faculties. Classification. Making distinctions. Speaking. Writing. Forming concepts. The Trickster.  Elleggua. Hermes. The speaker of the house.

Mercury in Sagittarius: Thinking in broad concepts, “big picture” thinking. Visionary thinking. Communicating in an expansive way. Philosophical thinking. A mind oriented toward synthesis. Studying higher knowledge. A mind that categorizes information like a library.

Mercury-Neptune:  Visionary MindA facile mind that absorbs. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. Blending intellect and intuition. Recognizing the rhythm or “dance” of life. Recognizing and understanding subtlety of thought and communication. Access to spiritual/ethereal worlds. Tuned into nonverbal communication. Telepathy. Creative visualization. An erotic mind. Sensitive refining of the intellectual capacities. Limitless perception. Deceptive words. Nebulous/cloudy thinking. Double Talk. Misleading/confusing communication.

Venus: The principle of relating. Social needs. What we value. Forms of enjoyment. What we love. The Principle of attraction. The Orisha Oshun. The Pleasure principle. Beauty. Aesthetics. Harmony. Cooperation. The department of the treasury.

Venus in Sagittarius: Relating through cultural diversity. Attracted to internationalism. A love of  spiritual/mental/physical travel. The synthesis of spiritual knowledge/systems.

Venus-Neptune: Boundless Love. Inspiring unconditional love in relationships. Love of music, poetry, and film. Attracted to the Bohemian set. Relationships which involve artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, etc… No limits in sensual experiences. Spiritual connections. Enjoyment/Attraction to spirituality. Idealization/delusion in relationships. Victim/Savior dynamic in relationships. Attraction to charlatans, drug addicts, or alcoholics.

Mars: Action. Assertion.  The Department of Defense. Application of will. Energy expenditure. Power base. Survival instinct. Warriorhood. Ogun.

Mars in Scorpio: Intense energy expenditure toward growth and transformation. Taking action toward plumbing the depths of life; getting to the bottom of things. Delving into the realms of the mysterious. Deep water warrior. Sexual energy as a vehicle for exploration of taboos. Applying energy in a private, yet concentrated manner.

 

Mars-Neptune: Putting spiritual ideals into action. Sexual magnetism. Focusing on dreams. Acute, focused intuition. Refined aggression. Spiritual motivation/inspiration. Working with the intangible forces of life. Martyr to a cause. The doormat. Passive Aggression.

Jupiter: Reward. Expansion.  The Department of Education. Success. Elevation. Upliftment. Buoyancy. Holism. Synthesis. Higher Knowledge. Wisdom. Puffery. Inflation. Magnification. Excess. Breadth of perspective. Arrogance. Hubris. Optimism. Obatala.

Jupiter in Capricorn: Reward through integrity, hard work and responsibility. Planning, organization and strategy is the most constructive route to success. Applying higher knowledge in a practical, useful manner.

Jupiter-Saturn: Spiritual discipline. Realistic ideals. Cautious optimism. Using higher knowledge and wisdom in a responsible manner. Expanded ambition. Elevated work ethic. Visionary leader. Measured confidence. Organized religion. Practical Spirituality.

Saturn:  The reality principle. Authority. Limits and controls. Consolidation. Work. Mastery. Responsibility Structure. Maturity. Organization. Strategy. Planning. Systems. Gravity. Time. Age. Eldership. Bare bones. Solitude. Bottom Line. Hard fought wisdom. Doubt. Orunmila. Kronos. The Grim Reaper.

Saturn in Gemini: The capacity to organize information. A responsible mind. Doubting intelligence. Difficulty verbalizing. Writer’s block. A wordsmith. Mastery of language. Economical with words. Limiting small talk. Practical ideas. Clear, steady and focused mind. Words have weight. Maturity in thought and speech. Serious discussion.

Saturn- Pluto: Intense focus. Passionate discipline. Power hungry. Limited power. Controlled discipline. Iron will. Tireless worker. Limited resources. Working for the “gold”. Committed to depth.Work as a transformative avenue.

Uranus:  the principle of Awakening. Individuation. Liberation. Rebellion. Revolution. Change. Flashes of genius. Autonomy. Inventiveness. Sudden shocks. Heightened awareness. Originality. Stretching boundaries.Questioning tradition and cultural boundaries. Shango. Prometheus.

Uranus in Libra: Infusing the outdated models of relationships with new life. Freedom and autonomy within relationships. Unconventional social and romantic needs. Open relationships. Enjoyment of all that’s unusual and avant garde. Original tastes.

Uranus-Neptune: Flashes of Spiritual genius. Original methods of meditation. Dissolving the status quo or cultural limitations. Refined revolution. Sudden intuition.

Neptune:  The principle of transcendence. Spirituality. Dreams. Myths. The ideal state.  Intuition. The refining process. Visualization. The picture making faculty. Fantasy. Smokescreens. Subterfuge. Film, Music, Third Eye Vision. Enchantment. ESP. Flowing. Merging. Returning to the divine source. Olokun. Mami Wata. Poseidon.

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Neptune in Sagittarius: The dissolving of religious dogma. Fluid spirituality. Synthesis in spiritual systems.  Religious confusion. Martyrdom in religion. Sacrificial spirituality. Spiritual empathy/compassion. Spiritual service.

Neptune-Pluto : Spiritual power. Spiritual transformation. Power in the esoteric. Powerful addictions. Spiritual healing. Inspirational healing. Spiritual fanaticism. “Black Magic.”  The sacred and the profane.

Pluto: Transformation. Evolution. The breakdown. Regeneration. Death Rebirth. Elimination. Catharsis. Upheaval. Compulsion. Jealousy. Manipulation. Deep Resources. Oya. Kali. The F.B.I. or Secret Service.

Pluto in Libra: Deep, fundamental change in models of relationships. Relationships as a source of power and transformation.

Partnership Astrology : The Basics

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Ah…. relationships !!!  If we’re not involved in one, yet want to be,  we would like to know why, as the Pharycde asks:”she/he keeps on passin’ me by”. Or, at the very least we’re curious as to whom we may be compatible with. If we are among the fortunate and a participant in a strong, enduring union we still would like to know what we can do to ensure lasting bliss.Unfortunately, some of us may also find ourselves entangled in a mess of epic proportions. Feverishly searching for the light at the end of the tunnel. Feeling like we’ve explored every nook and cranny and have nowhere to turn.

From time to time, I’m willing to bet that most of us have been in the grocery store checkout line and browsed through a copy of Cosmo’s “Bedside Astrologer”. Or, peeped a copy of Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs” in the Astrology section at Barnes & Noble.

We are naturally curious, and inquiring minds want to know!!  Astrologically speaking, what type of Man or Woman would I be best suited for? Better yet, is there really anything to this Astrology nonsense?  I’ll nip the latter question in the bud right now with a resounding *YES* just so we all understand where I’m coming from.

 

However, where we’re going is slightly more complicated. For the purposes of this article, I am writing describing intimate relationships. However, synastry – which is the art of comparing  two natal charts to estimate the degree of compatibility, as well as the adjustments that would need to take place by both parties to sustain a fulfilling relationship, can be equally applied to family, friends and colleagues.

More Than Sun Signs
Most of the mass-marketed books which discuss compatibility do so on a strictly sun sign basis. “I’m an Aries, he/she’s a Capricorn, why can’t we get along?” While Sun sign compatibility is a vital piece to the puzzle, there are other factors which are not discussed in these books that are just as important. One of the best bits of advice that I could give anyone who is thinking about visiting an Astrologer for a compatibility consultation is to have their own personal chart analyzed first. Find out what you’re bringing to the relationship as an individual. Your drives, strengths and challenges.

What you’re about to read will not provide you with all of the answers that you seek regarding astrological compatibility. However, it will briefly explain and outline some of the other important factors in determining chemistry between two individuals. This is definitely not an exhaustive list. Nevertheless, they are
important points to consider:

The Elements

Fire, Air, Earth and Water. Elements are the lifeblood of Astrology. They’re  our “juice”, and the “flavor” is different for each grouping of signs. Elements explain what world is the most “real” to us.

The Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius : Dynamic, expressive, inspirational. Fire signs want to “get up, get out and get something.” They are literally “fired up” because of the innate enthusiasm that permeates their being. To fire signs, the world of spirit is reality.

The Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius: “Great minds discuss ideas” would be the mantra of this group. Air signs thrive in the world of intellect. A day without cerebral stimulation could be akin to suffocation. Very social, versatile and well rounded- they love to circulate physically and mentally.

The Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn: For Earth signs, life must be lived sensually: seen, touched, heard, tasted and smelled. The physical and material dominates. Very practical, loyal and dependable people. This group says “don’t tell me, show me.” With earth signs, action speaks louder than words.

The Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces :  When this group asks “you feel me?” They really mean it. The realm of emotion, imagination, and non-verbal communication is as real as it gets for them. This group is very absorptive. Sensitive to the slightest environmental stimuli. Very compassionate, empathetic and on the whole- great listeners.

The Quadruplicities : Are the majority of your planets, or your partners incardinal, fixed or mutable signs?

The Cardinal Signs: Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn: These four signs are the starters. They initiate action.

The Fixed Signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius:  This group of signs serves as the builders and maintainers of what was initiated by the Cardinal signs.

The Mutable Signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces:  Here, you have the “go-betweens” or the intermediaries between the Cardinal and Fixed signs. Mutable signs are the adapters.

The Planets
Well……… you know I had to sneak some music in with the Astrology, right? I wasn’t going to leave y’all hangin’ !!  To explain the planets importance to relationship compatibility, I figured I would “break it down, so it will consistently and forever be broke” in musical language.

The Sun:

Song:”The Light” by Pharoahe Monch. 

Sun Signs are the facets of Astrological compatibility that we’re most familiar with. It’s where we “shine“. It’s the light that’s cast around us. Our personal power and life mission. Between two people, the questions the Sun asks are: “Are we on the same path“, “Are our journeys compatible?”  “Can we honor and encourage each other in pursuit of ourindividuality?”.

The Moon:

Song : “The Food” by Common featuring Kanye West. 

The Moon literally symbolizes what “feeds” us. Our emotional needs. What nurtures, sustains and provides nourishment for us in our feeling world. It’s our level of sensitivity, our urge to “nest”. Family anddomestic matters also fall under the Moon’s domain. Here, we’re asking: “Does this person understand my emotional makeup.” “Are they attuned to my inner needs?” “What would family life be like with this individual?”

Mercury

Song: “Come and Talk to Me” by Jodeci

Mercury represents the urge to communicate. It’s how we think and process information. What we talk about and what stimulates us intellectually. The objective mind, our reasoning ability and powers of analysis. So, we ask : “Do I have good intellectual rapport with this person?” “What do they think/talk about?” “Do we communicate well?” “What are our mutual areas of interest?”

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Venus

Songs: “The Sweetest Thing” by Lauryn Hill
“The Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson

If the Moon symbolizes all that nourishes us, Venus symbolizes the “sweets” of life. It is truly where and how we enjoy ourselves. Venus is beauty, charm, grace, pleasure and refinement. It’s relating in the broadest sense of the word. As a very general rule of thumb, the Venus sign in a Man’s chart is said to represent his ideal woman.Venus prompts us to ask “How do I relate to this person?” “Do I really enjoy being with them?” “Are they fun?” “Are we able to peacefully settle disagreements?”

Mars

Song : “Knockin Da Boots” by H-Town

Yes, ladies and gentlemen…. Mars is SEX. It’s symbolic of desire and is very instinctive. Passion, aggression and physical feats of prowess are all Mars ruled. Yes, Venus is nice and sweet and what we like, but Mars is what turns us ON!! As another general rule of thumb, look to Mars in a woman’s chart to see what type of man that she would be sexually attracted to. Mars prompts us to ask: “What turns me on?” “What arouses my passions?” “What makes me angry? What is my partner like when they get mad?”

Jupiter

Song: ” 4 Leaf Clover” by Erykah Badu

Jupiter brings opportunity for growth and improvement in the sphere of relationships. The planet is symbolic of an open mind, humor and optimism. Jupiter is inspiring and suggests that we ask: “Does this person make me laugh?” “Are they tolerant of the viewpoints of others?” “How receptive is my partner to the bounty of life experience?”

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Saturn

Songs: “Make it Last Forever” by Keith Sweat, “I Ain’t No Joke” by Eric B & Rakim, “Discipline” by Gangstarr featuring Total, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

Saturn symbolizes maturity, stability and responsibility between two individuals. When we mention relationships and involve the ringed planet, we are in it for the long haul. Able to delay short term gratificationfor the greater rewards of endurance and commitment, Saturn’s compensation is directly equivalent to the amount of work and effort displayed. Between two people, Saturn cues us to ask questions such as: “Am I willing to be committed through thick and thin?” “Do I promise to be loyal and true?” “Do I have the level of maturity needed for a successful partnership?

The Outer Planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto:

Because the outer planets move relatively slowly, they will make natural aspects to each other in another person’s chart born in the same generation. From this perspective, their influence is minimal. However, when the outer planets of one individuals chart make contact with the other’s personal planets, the outer planet energy holds the influence.

Uranus liberates, awakens, changes, stimulates, unsettles, rebels.

Neptune refines, dissolves, distorts, spiritualizes, obscures, inspires, creates.

Pluto scrutinizes, eliminates, regenerates, heals, transformspurges, destroys.

Next time, we will discuss the houses and their significance in synastry. I hope  this piece gave everyone more food for thought about relationship astrology.