The Zodiac Signs: 12 Developmental Paths

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For most of us, the art of Astrology has been simplified into a few “keywords” which describe personality or behavioral characteristics for each sign.

We’ve dug into Cosmo’s “Bedside Astrologer” or read Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs” and discovered valuable information in regard to how our signs operate in many different facets of life. So, we’ve learned how sexy Scorpio’s are, but never to cross them. Or, that your Cancer woman will have the house in order and dinner on the table at 6 pm. Even to never trust a Sagittarian with a secret, or to exercise extreme caution against allowing a Leo to borrow your mirror.

While all of these anecdotes have their place, it can become very deductive and limiting to human beings whose main focus consists of self-actualization and evolution. Our Sun signs are not only descriptive in the way that they offer insight into character, but they also represent twelve different paths of evolution and development.

Ladies and gentleman: your birthchart is not a mistake. Yes, we want to trade in our 12th house planets or our Moon in Capricorn, but these placements were bestowed upon us for a reason. Our charts are like a celestial toolbox. Given the situation, we need to be able to pull out the correct instrument. Life would be pretty tough if we looked in our containers and all we had was a set of twelve Ginsu knives when all we need is a hammer for that pesky nail. Our Sun represent the “skin” that we are growing into in this lifetime. The sign that we were given represents the most effective method, style or path of growth and development.

If your Sun is in Aries, you’re walking the path of the warrior. Initiating and acting courageously. Sometimes you have to embark on your journey alone. However, you’re flexing muscles that you never even knew you had. It’s not that warriors never become afraid; they just don’t allow this temporary fear from paralyzing their ability to take effective, decisive action. As an Aries Sun, you are straying from your path when you become too impulsive, acting in a “knee jerk” manner without thinking. Or, you fail to realize that the most intense competition will always be internal.

With the Sun in Taurus, you’re on the path of the builder. Stable and grounded. Using your common sense. Developing persistence to solidify and maintain a structure which “works”. Knowing that slow and steady wins the race and accuracy can never be sacrificed for speed. You have strayed from the builder’s path when you become too rigid. Using familiarity as a crutch
instead of a foundation. Making assessments of value based on how much “discomfort” or change will be involved.

If your Sun is in Gemini, you’re walking the path of the informer. The skin that you must grow into is that of a distributor of valuable information to humanity. You must “get the word” out and use a wide variety of communication methods. Network, make connections and become a “jack
of all trades”. Versatility is your middle name. The title of “eternal student” is your birthright. Your curiosity serves as a guide to keep you open to fresh ideas and perspectives. You have strayed from this path when substance regresses to gossip, trivia and idle chatter. Or, when your connections, become lost in ultra breezy superficiality. When you become compulsively addicted to skating on the surface of life because it’s so “fun”, it may be time for a self-check.

With the Sun in Cancer,  you’re on the path of the protector. Instinctively knowing what to do to make those around you most comfortable. Calming, soothing and nurturing. Letting those that you love and care about deeply know that you have their back. Creating a “safe space” for them to return to whenever they require such care. Embracing your family, whether biological or ideological and supporting your race, country and tribe. You’ve strayed from the path when the “itis” of nostalgia overrides the ability to be objective. When you become obsessed with the past and cranky because you’ve forgotten to create the same secure haven for yourself as you
have for others.

If your Sun is in Leo, you’re walking the path of the performer. Lights, camera and action. It’s time for you to shine. There is a deeply ingrained “star quality” bursting at the seams to be released. The skin that life is calling for you to grow into consists of maximizing your powers of self expression and allowing the world to stand up and take notice of who you truly are. Choosing to enjoy life in a playful and childlike manner. Exercising your sense of wonderment while maintaining a fundamental internal dignity. You stray from the path when you can no longer distinguish your true self from the “roles” that you’re playing. When you become compulsively addicted to praise and approval and your need for external stimuli has reached an all time high and you have to google “introspection.”

With the Sun in Virgo, you’re on the path of the perfectionist. You excel at being able to view the whole and dissect the parts. Amazingly adept at separating the genuine from a” fugazi”, you’re being called to step into any situation and use your powers of observation and analysis and improve the status. You stray from your path when others become “fix it” projects. Or, when you become self critical because you’re so obsessed with what you’re not, or what you “should be” instead of using your energy to actually become that.

If your Sun is in Libra, you’re walking the path of the moderator. You’re a natural at building bridges and alliances. Always appearing in your best light. The ultimate diplomat and “representative.” Charm and grace will never be strangers to your door. You possess extraordinary and refined aesthetic taste.Your’re being called to serve as a artistic authority in whatever area of life that you choose. You stray from your path when you become a chronic ‘fence sitter” when it’s time to choose sides. Or, when an unpleasant truth is necessary and you become too much of a “TACT-ician” instead of offering valuable assistance.

With the Sun in Scorpio, you’re on the path of the healer. Innately equipped for heavy, intense emotional experience. You eat realities for breakfast that would make the hardest thugs crawl up in a corner with a baby bottle. You’ve been through the trials of fire and have emerged reborn and ready to school these mere mortals on “transformation 101”. Life is calling you to fly at your highest heights because you’re well versed in the lowest depths.You stray from your path when you use your piercing insight to sting, manipulate or indulge in power games or emotional blackmail. When you use knowledge to “devour” rather than feed others.

If your Sun is in Sagittarius, you’re walking the path of the wise teacher. You are the embodiment of a true “Renaissance Man” or Woman. Your eclectic telescopic worldview is something to behold. Well-traveled and thirsty for all of the knowledge and experience that life has to offer, you turn expansion into an art form. Your guru-like ability to see the wholeness of life and the big picture deserves a round of applause that would make your Leo cousins blush. However,  you stray from your path when you think you have the copyright on truth. Yeah, you just know it all, don’t you? Well, let’s talk with your friends who paid for your bail. Or, your cousin who wired that money to Vegas so you could get back home to be at work on Monday morning. Dogmatism should not be your forte. Yes, Sadge you can get off your soapbox now.

With the Sun in Capricorn, you’re on the path of the achiever. You have a natural gift for organization which allows you maximum productivity. Because of your capacity for discipline and restraint, getting work done has never been an issue. In fact, you assume a natural executive like authority that makes it extremely easy to respect you. You are being called to embody timeless principles which are revealed in your outward status and success. The skin
you’re supposed to grow into is that of one who produces a tangible product that is worthy of his or her ambitions. You’re deviating from your path when you allow yourself to become cold, controlling and unfeeling in order to become “somebody” in the eyes of society. So, you’ve climbed that mountain and reached the pinnacle. Sadly, you’re all alone. Where did all the “slackers” go?

If your Sun is in Aquarius, you’re walking the path of the revolutionary. You’re being called to shake humanity out of their comfort zones. It’s you who needs to pose the questions regarding if people think and act the way they do because of societal dictates. Testing others and reminding them that walking familial, racial, political and social “party” lines can be poisonous to their mental health and registers at “rock bottom” on their freedom meter. Your skin is that of the catalyst and reformer. Forming perspectives to liberate those stuck in a proverbial rut. You’ve strayed from the path when true change becomes a novelty and you advocate being different just for the hell of it. When you’ve become a slave to rebellion and can’t recognize that your bondage is just as problematic as the person who’s constrained by the chains of convention.

With the Sun in Pisces, you’re on the path of the mystic. There is an ethereal quality that colors your aura so richly that when people ask you where your from, they’re not expecting to receive your answer in the form of a city, state or country. You have access to realms of the mind and spirit that most of us can only read or speculate about. Highly intuitive, you’re being called to be “above the clouds”. Your skin is comprised of exercising your gifts in selfless service to humanity and checking your ego at the door. Through your super powers of imagination and visualization, you can create in solid form. Dreams and symbols are as comfortable to you as that old faithful pair of slippers. You stray from your path when the world you create is mired in deception, haziness and smokescreens. When you choose to be the victim rather than the victor and use your fingers exclusively as pointing instruments in order to relinquish ownership for negative situations which are clearly of your own making.

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Astrological Compatibility & The “3 Dynamics” : A Broader View

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When traveling the road of Astrological compatibility, much of the writing I’ve read implies a point of view which excludes what I would call “holistic energies”, from the picture.

There seems to be more of an emphasis on whether “this sign works with that sign” rather than how intimate relationships can be part of a gateway which serves our total development.

So, the focus becomes whether Scorpio and Sagittarius “get along” versus what types of relationships are necessary to grow into the type of people we’re supposed to become.

One of the things I discuss frequently with clients are three dynamics, which are simultaneously individual, yet inseparable.

When considering what a truly “compatible” union actually means, all of these passages must have the potential to flourish:

(1) The dynamic of personal development– When we’re dealing with questions of compatibility. It’s essential that we ask about our own potential to develop within the framework of the relationship. Often, we find ourselves wildly attracted to the prospect of being involved with a partner only to discover later on that the coupling stifles, rather than nurtures the person we’re aspiring to be. In essence, we find ourselves trapped. While one part of the relationship may be “adequate”, we feel a certain discontent which could possibly morph into animosity, because we’re well aware that we want to maximize our gifts on a wider scale.

(2) The dynamic of the “other’s” development–  Much of what was just said now applies to the other person (or people) we may be relating to. The questions we must ask ourselves now center around if we’re providing adequate space and support for our partner(s) to grow. Due largely to our conditioning, we may feel that we should now receive exclusive “priority” in every possible situation because we’re in a relationship. However, the fact remains that our partner had goals and objectives which were completely outside of us before we met, and it’s most likely that they still do. We now have to question our capacity to develop strategies which make room for and encourage them in their pursuit of self-expression.

(3) The “shared” dynamic – This ebb and flow deals with synergy. Everything we are as a “couple”. Our collective philosophy and mission statement of the relationship. It’s what we wish to produce as a “team”, and the energy we enjoy when both people have been pursuing their self-actualization and bring it back into the fold as a tool for learning and instruction, as to strengthen and expand the union. Also, questions emerge as to what type of relationship we’re expressing to the community at large. We ask how us being together helps to affect the lives of others, and what our aims are, if any, for adding to the advancement of the collective.

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I’m putting forth the idea that compatibility be viewed in a much wider context than it has been, or else we’re most likely selling ourselves short from a holistic view.

When we ignore the totality of our being, we can easily create room for significant imbalances to creep into our relationships. We may love being with our partner, but suddenly realize we have “no life” outside of her/him.

Or, we may become so caught up in outside pursuits that we don’t effectively prioritize that special time needed for cultivation of our relationship.

In addition, we could become so engulfed in presenting a “front” to society as a “power couple”, managing our image to appear in a certain light, and forget all about the larger purpose of why we came together.

Truly effective astrology produces many more questions for further exploration than hardcore answers. I’m inviting all of you, who may be involved with a partner(s), or thinking about embarking on the journey of an intimate relationship, to carefully consider this food for thought and digest what you see fit and eliminate what doesn’t serve you at this time.

 

Scorpio Sun, Libra Moon

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Realization of your purpose as a healer at the most profound levels of existence is found through the fulfillment of internal harmony. A balanced relationship with yourself serves as support to plumb the depths of your psyche.

You have the potential to use your social and relationship building skills as a means to build bridges and suit your aspirations of transforming whatever dynamic you come into contact with.

In the case of this Sun/Moon blend, personal power can be achieved through what’s referred to in ancient Egyptian or Kemetic philosophy, as Ma’at: a moral ideal which is comprised of, but not limited to: harmony, truth, justice and right order.

“Thinking the truth, speaking the truth and living the truth.”

Making an effort to transform and perfect yourself by embodying Ma’at in thoughts, words and actions. Balancing emotion with reason, intellect and intuition, and the masculine and feminine. Synthesizing “heavenly” thought and earthly behavior.

“Ma’at is more than just a principle in which the universe is ordered.  It is also an ideology and code of social conduct.”

“A peculiar aspect of Ma’at is that it is both a moral and physical principle which applies as much to the morality of human behavior and moral justice, balance and truth as it does to physical justice, balance and truth. ”

“Ma’at  is a principle of reciprocation. In other words every action causes its like.  In the moral sense, whatever deed a person does returns to him in some form. In the physical sense, every event is the result of some other event which is in its likeness.”

The words to live by are: “Be generous as long as you live. What goes into the storehouse should come out.”

The potential lessons gained on this journey can place you in the position to  “dig for the gold.” However, you must not be afraid of the dark. To define, I’m referring to the dark as:

“That part of the personality which has been repressed for the sake of ego ideal.”

Ultimately, it’s part of your mission to live in this territory as a gateway to mending your own wounds as well as the wounds of others.

The idea of becoming a healer sounds impressive to most, but the work you’re called to do is psychologically intricate and complex. Intimate feelings are at stake and privacy must be honored. You’ll be dealing with an emotionally charged exposure of hidden and buried truth. Through your own self-disclosure, a light will be shined on you. That same light will reveal what’s trapped in others, via your piercing and penetrative insight.

You require internal equilibrium in order to manage emotional extremes. One of your reigning strengths is a shrewd sociability which allows you to see both the nice and the nasty in life situations, and if you so choose, to proceed with refined grace.

References:  “The Symbolic Quest” by Edward Whitmont.

“Person, Divinity and Nature: A Modern View Of The Person & The Cosmos In African Thought” by Chukwunyere Kamalu.

“Return To The African Mother Principle of Male and Female Equality” by Oba T’Shaka.

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Astrology, Synastry and the “TIMER”

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I love films from most genres. So, it just so happened that about a year ago, I came across “TIMER”, a film that was an official selection at the Tribeca Film festival in 2009.

TIMER  was written and directed by Jac Schaeffer and some of the cast includes: Emma Caulfield, Michelle Borth and John Patrick Amedori. The film was released in the United States on May 14, 2010.

Without getting too elaborate, the film centers around a corporation known as TIMER, which specializes in making a timing device which is designed to allow a person to know the exact time when they’ll meet their soul mate.

When I got into this movie, I started to make some connections with what I’ve heard from various folks concerning Synastry (Relationship Astrology). I’ve noticed a trend of some people becoming so immersed in comparing their charts with others to discern “compatibility” that they will actually restrain themselves from participating in a relationship with another person, only possessing a minuscule bit of information and the other person’s birth data. Often, we can combine that with an incomplete knowledge or understanding of  Holistic Astrology and a dependence on the internet to provide interpretations for them.

Much like the following clip, as related to synastry, some folks have decided that they want a sure shot guarantee in their relationships:

In this way, the timer acts just like a birth chart. Whether it’s an individual one or a comparison with another person. The questions become : (1) When will I meet “the one”? or (2)Is she/he “the one” for me?

Instead of viewing our birth charts as a guide or possibilities, we’ve started to demand an ultra specific picture of WHOM this person actually going to be and when EXACTLY we’re going to meet them.

In most cases, I always advise people to get into your own chart to decipher what it is that you really need before worrying about comparing your chart with someone that you barely even know. The risk is that you form preconceived notions which are mainly derived from random interpretations in cyberspace. More often than not, we all would be much better served to deal with the challenges that we face as an individual as indicated by our own charts, so we can be better equipped to foster and nurture the types of relationships which we’re seeking out.

In a portion of the clip above, the man at the checkout counter remarks on the customer’s blank timer:  He says: “I see your timer’s blank. She responds “And?” He replies:  you’re sweating your future though, right? It’s a shame because you could have a much more exciting present if you really wanted it.”

I think that’s an important exchange, and it’s essential that we ask ourselves just what type of present experience we would like to have. There’s more to this film and I encourage you to see it, as it will most certainly provoke more thoughts on certain attitudes we share when it comes to love and compatibility.

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.

 

 

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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The Astrological Jupiter : “We All Need a Little Church”

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The symbolism of the Jupiter archetype is quite vast. Most commonly, the planet has been associated with the energies of expansion and abundance. As the largest planet in the solar system, anything which is of “mega” proportions could reside under Jupiter’s domain.

In addition, Jupiter is associated with religion. When we read or hear that word, there seems to be an instant formulation of a conclusion. However, I would like to discuss Jupiter’s link with religion in a much wider context; not as attached to any particular doctrine or dogma, but as a form of healing that’s offered within the spirit of the planet.

Proceeding from the premise that “religion” is: a general set of beliefs about life and what it means and locating the origins of the word which range from  “ligure”,  which is: to bind or connect. Or, re-ligure: to re-connect or bind fast, and also regligio, which can be translated into: “respect for what’s sacred,” is an excellent place to begin the discussion.

Many of us associate religion with some type of church. Apparently the English word “church” was derived from older forms of the words chirche and cirice, and from a Greek phrase “kuriake oikia”, which means “the lord’s house.” (source:www.biblepages.net/gg06.htm)

Jupiter represents the “church” inside every one of us, who reside as the lord over our spiritual domain. It’s our inner “guru” or wise person. The voice which assists us in our pursuance of higher ideals and consciousness.

Additionally, Jupiter symbolizes growth in both the physical and the intellectual spheres of life. The planet’s energy is associated with aspiring to the maximum heights of potential, irrespective of the specific endeavor.

In 2004, I was fortunate enough to come into contact with “Church”, a song by legendary hip-hop group De La Soul. (produced by 9th Wonder). I think this is an excellent representation of Jupiter’s potential for actualization in all of our lives.

“Aiyyo, wake up! Wipe the sleep from ya eyecracks, It’s time to focus y’all, fix ya I-MAX
In other words, listen to the brother’s words
Ingest these anecdotes with HOPE
and ya ass, may learn how to COPE !”

The Jupiter archetype suggests an infusion of faith. That the moment we’re living in is bright. Using this frame of reference, we can tap into our well of hope that the next moment, as well as tomorrow can be progressively luminescent.

“I’d rather see you graduate the school year
Black folk, go put a book in ya face
But first give the hook a taste
Bring the preacher in!”

Heal! Heal, y’all!
We comin’ healin’! {It’s real!}
It’s real! {It’s real!} It’s real!
It’s realer than real, realer than real….

Higher education is an area which fits perfect with Jupiter.

So, “putting a book in your face” for not only Black people, but everyone is one of the essential methods of raising awareness about ourselves and the larger world around us. Learning to operate as citizens of the world and participate, through thought and action, in endeavors which stretch our cultural comfort zones as a means to creating a telescopic lens.

The hook to this song mentions healing, and I don’t think Jupiter is given it’s just due when it comes to these energies.

Typically, the planets most associated with healing are Neptune and Pluto, but I’d like to offer up that Jupiter’s energy infuses its own brand of healing via elevation and levity. Through idealism and appealing to the highest and best of the human spirit. People struggle through the week dealing with work, finances, family and relationships, and what’s one place they go to get “healed” at the end of the week?

CHURCH.

“You need to make your own choice, be your own voice. Set ya soap-box up, let your talk fight. Pull ya socks up, get ya walk right.”

As mentioned earlier, Jupiter is the place in ourselves which we locate in order to serve as our own guide. Cultivating faith in ourselves along with listening to our intuition allows us to access higher knowledge and wisdom. Hence, the “good fortune” that Jupiter is so readily associated with. However, it must be said that this “luck” comes with effort, and favors the well-prepared.

” But explore deep and you’ll the find the seed
Plant more ether, get your mind free
We roll passsionate, put your lights last in it
You’re holdin fear too close, unfasten it!”

Jupiter’s energy is open not only to risk, but the constant sense of optimism and confidence that life will work out for us in the way that we absolutely need it to. This attitude allows us to sense and rely on a greater plan being at work; an underlying meaning in the arrangement of the universe.  We begin to see the synchronicities and interrelationships. The “seeds” which are indicative of the larger patterns of our lives.

“Ain’t nothin’ wrong makin’ that bread wid’it
But don’t let the bread get to ya head, geddit?
Admit it, when you can’t stand alone
I wanna stand up, give all the pretend up”

On the not so flattering side of Jupiter, we have greed, excess and puffery, or an exaggerated sense of self-importance.

The old self-righteous “do as I say, not as I do.” complex.  In order to utilize the planet most effectively, we must certainly remain constantly aware of its dysfunctional side.

We’ll never know everything. We need to remember that we’re first and foremost students of the cosmos before we’re teachers. Part of “giving the pretend up” is to excercise humility as an embodiment of wisdom. After all, if we know so much, we would understand that everyone is treading their own span of ground trying to make their life work.

And that’s realer than real, realer than real…..

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The Depersonalization of Astrology

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Astrology is much more.

Astrology is more than just signs.

Astrology is more than just a birth chart.

Astrology is about PEOPLE.

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

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

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

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

Astrologer Glenn Perry states this adeptly:

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

Perry goes on to state:

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

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

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

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

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

References: Introduction to AstroPsychology by Glenn Perry,

Propaganda Techniques (Wikipedia),

“Propaganda” by Edward Bernays

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Scorpio Sun, Pisces Moon

 

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Inherent within this Sun/moon blend is the potential for a synthesis of the most gentle winds and a raging hurricane.

A certain need for  spirit, nuance and delicacy fills your heart , as there’s a longing to unite with a source must greater than yourself.  Not only do you have the capacity to tap into the subtlety of  emotional undercurrents, but it also fuels your vitality to plunge into the depths; right into the heart of matters which would be considered taboo.

Unless you’re penetrating life’s mysteries, peeling away layers and removing veils to uncover  truth, you may feel like a car that’s  designed to run on high-octane fuel, but has settled for regular 87.

What you really want to do is integrate the parts of your being which deal with raw, authenticity and aspire to control the seething intensity in your gut as it bubbles up to the surface, and those which long for an ideal world. On any level, profound connections are sought. Managing inner turmoil and acute sensitivity isn’t the easiest of jobs, but someone has to do it.

What may assist you is considering the perspective that sometimes, the more we seek to impose our will, to control and to manipulate people and things, the more slippery they become in our illusory grasp.

Indeed, having a sense of “flow” is something which nourishes you at your core, but the fluidity becomes blocked when other people exclusively become the focus of your psychological scrutiny as a means to navigate the waters of your personal unconscious.

Understand that you can still use your imagination and be firmly connected to reality. You can exercise empathy toward the pain of another and still walk away, and you can swim in the deep without becoming engulfed.

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Understanding the Gemini-Sagittarius Axis: Balancing the Brain

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In order for us to most effectively utilize Astrology as a vehicle for a greater depth of self-understanding and appreciation for others, it’s important for us to consider the holistic view: that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Choosing a reductive, isolationist approach when it comes to Astrology one can easily arrive at results which are both fragmented and unfruitful. In our attempts to explore a certain zodiac sign archetype, it’s essential that we recognize it’s relationship to every other sign and overall function in the entire “wheel of life.”

This line of thinking is especially relevant when considering the interplay between what we normally characterize as “opposite” signs, which when constructively integrated serve as complimentary forces and catalysts for a deeper level of psychological awareness and a higher level of functioning.

Astrologer Glenn Perry states:

“Especially important is the dialectic between opposing signs, for each is the complement of the other. When opposing signs are integrated and in balance, certain traits emerge that transcend either sign individually and allow for the heightened functioning of both.”

In this article, my specific focus will be the Gemini-Sagittarius axis and the potential combinations which can expand ones existence, as well as the potential challenges which can produce a state of disintegration. The latter state suggests that the energy may quite possibly function with a “rogue” or “lone wolf” orientation within the psyche.

We all have Gemini and Sagittarius energy somewhere in our birth chart, so this article is for everyone interested in how we can use that energy most effectively in service of working toward being a complete human being. This article may also be of specific interest to those who have many planetary placements in Gemini and or Sagittarius, or possibly a Gemini-Sagittarius nodal axis, which suggests a lifetime of experiences directly related to balancing this dynamic.

For the purposes of establishing context and communicating the information as clearly as possible, we’ll look at Gemini and Sagittarius independently for a moment….

The Gemini Archetype :  The Student. The Journalist. The Scribe. The Messenger. The Quiz-show contestant. The Crossword Junkie. The Talk Radio fan. The Dilettante. The Intellectual Acrobat. The Curious one. The Youth. “Chatty Chantel ” The Trivia addict. The Social Butterfly. The Jill/Jack of all trades.

In our birth charts, wherever we find Gemini energy, we’re confronted with the need to gather raw data. To collect facts and information from our immediate environment and communicate our observations based on how we’ve named, classified, grouped or categorized. There’s a youthful and mercurial curiosity which permeates the orientation of the Twins which prompts us to ask of myriad  of questions (who, what, when , where, why?) about that which is most readily within our grasp. The Gemini archetype carries the signature of the “hood”, or the block reporter that gives everyone the 411, which could be useful information, or just plain gossip or small talk. In the realm of Castor and Pollux, the left brain,  linear (straight-line)function is highlighted, which emphasizes all that’s analytical, objective and logical.

When functioning effectively in the Gemini realm, our perceptions can be strikingly quick and astute. We’re able to gain a clarity as to the basic significance of how things work as a separate entity. By employing our critical faculties, there’s a knack for to ferret important facts, and through associative thinking, we can build an intellectual skeleton which helps us navigate everyday life.

When over-functioning in the Gemini sphere, we become obsessed with minutia and the micro version of things. We feel an incessant need to make everything to “fit” “logically” even if it’s obviously a square peg in a round hole. Also, we unceasingly collect random information with no clear focus or direction. What could have been building blocks to a rich-hued rainbow of meaning is relegated to insignificant tabloid fodder through our mismanagement of this function.

The Sagittarius Archetype:  The Professor. The Wild Stallion. The Guru. The Philosopher. The “Reverend Do Good”. The Know it All. The Dogmatist. The Loud Mouth. The Synthesizer. The Promoter.The Moralist. The Bigot. The Encyclopedia. Ms./Mr. Opinionated. The Teacher. The Guide. The Proselytizer.

Wherever we find Sagittarius in our birth chart, we confront the need to find meaning.

What’s really being sought is a comprehensive view or philosophy which speaks to the order of the universe.

The intention is to teach, guide and amass the largest possible conception of truth through mental and physical travels while pondering large, existential questions which advance and enlarge the scope of discussion, thereby activating higher faculties of thought.

In the Sagittarius zone, we’re asked to use the right brain, intuitive and holistic faculties which give rise to inspired insights. While Gemini symbolizes the dictionary, which defines, Sagittarius represents the encyclopedia, which expands on the definition and provides a larger framework in which it can operate. In Gemini, we question from a localized perspective. In Sagittarius the adventure now takes off to parts unknown as to test, theorize or speculate about the facts ascertained.

When functioning constructively, Sagittarius becomes what Astrologer Caroline Casey refers to as an “Intellectual Collage Artist”, taking what are seemingly disparate parts of information and synthesizing them with the purpose of helping others to see the bigger picture more clearly and honestly.

Over-functioning or in a disintegrated state, Sagittarius energy becomes an exercise in intellectual self-righteousness. While preaching and espousing tolerance, Sagittarius’ actions, when disintegrated, suggest a “missionary” who feels that he/she comes with “good will” to browbeat and win you over to their way of thinking. Also, there’s a tendency to loudly (and annoyingly) proclaim pure opinions which aren’t supported by any particular factual basis. only an overheated evangelical zeal.

Synthesis

So, what does a constructive navigation of the Gemini-Sagittarius Axis look like?

An honest appreciation of logic, while making room for intuitive insights which come by way of inspiration. Well reasoned and comprehensive arguments which are developed as a result of fact-checking and objective analysis. A realization that to have all of the answers isn’t the marker of wisdom as much as keeping one’s mind open to a vast array of possibilities, and also understanding that truth can be conveyed through many perspectives and languages, and the best teachers are the most receptive students. To navigate the Gemini-Sagittarius axis successfully, we must realize that when we arrive at an ultimate or unyielding conclusion, the conversation is most likely over or close to being so.

We may ALL do very well to take a page out of the book of  Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) as to how he handled Nina Mosley’s (Nia Long) question in the film “Love Jones” when she asked : “You have all the answers, don’t you?”

To which he replied: Mmm   mmm….”Just the questions”.

Notes: “Essays On Psychological Astrology: Theory & Practice” by Glenn Perry