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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Mercury in Gemini

 

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

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

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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

How Do I Obtain a Free Copy of My Birth Chart?

 

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For those wondering where and how they can get a copy of their birth chart for free, I always recommend astro.com, which is an excellent site and has tons of information for the Astrological novice, as well as those who may be further along in their studies or practice.

The steps are relatively simple to retrieve your birth chart:

(1) Go to: http://www.astro.com

(2) Click on the ‘free horoscope’ link on the menu at the top of the page

(3) On the next screen, you’ll want to click the link for guest users if you haven’t established an account with the site. When you click the link, you should see a form that allows you to enter in your data (first/last name, gender, date/time of birth as well as country, city and state)

Note; You’ll want to use the extended settings feature to make sure the time zone is correct.

After this, you’ll hit the ‘continue’ button.

*The methods section will be set to ‘circular charts’, which is what you want.

(4) On the drop down menu select ‘natal chart wheel’, which should automatically be there. The chart drawing style will say ‘web default style’. you can keep that setting.

(5) Under the options setting, it should be populated with the current date in the ‘Start date for charts marked with’ section.

(6)  For House systems, you can either leave it at the default setting or choose Placidus.

(7) For Image size, you’ll want to keep it at full size for good print quality.

* You can skip ‘additional objects’ as well as the menu to the right unless you’re familiar with how that setting alters the appearance of the birth chart.

(8) Push ‘click here to show the chart’

You should have an official copy of your chart for your records. There are also sections on the site which give you free mini interpretations to get you started. Note that these “cookbook” interpretations aren’t designed to serve as an official consultation, but more as narratives to describe potentials. In order to get a personalized analysis of your chart, it’s advised that you invest in a consultation with a professional Astrologer.

Planets Activating The Moon-Mercury Midpoint

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Moon-Mercury themes:  Understanding emotional communication, a.k.a : the “language of the heart.” To be in touch with one’s emotions while communicating. rationalizing instead of discussing feelings. Employing sensitivity in dealing with others. Intuitive thinking. Communicating with the ancestors. Verbal and emotional memory. Instinctively knowing how to make others feel comfortable.

Sun: “Down-home” communication. Soulful, rhythmic speech. Versatility and dexterity where you can talk to anyone. relating to those of a particular national origin.

Venus: Finding value in national heritage or racial group. Thinking about cultural beauty standards. Appreciation of biological and ideological family.

Mars: Taking heartfelt action. Instinctive assertion supported by logical analysis. passionate urge for emotional closeness. Battling with emotions as “competition’.

Jupiter: Counsel on using feelings/emotions as a form of richer, more amplified self-expression. Exaggerating feelings. Expressing feelings “religiously”.

Saturn: Tightly controlled feelings. Learning difficult, but timely lessons concerning emotional boundaries, or limiting one’s emotional involvement. Mastery of feelings, or allowing one’s reactions to be a hindrance.

Uranus: Inventive methods of communication. Original slang. Creating one’s unique language of intimacy. A mental/emotional connection to the avant-garde. Flashes of intuitive insight. Speaking impulsively.

Neptune: Poetic thought and communication. Understanding the subtle undercurrents of emotional expression. An imagination rich with feeling. Erotic stimulation through learning. Active fantasy life.. Empathizing with or “playing on” another’s “soft spots”. Spiritual thought. Spiritual deception.

Pluto: Sweeping transformation in one’s thought patterns. A significant change in one’s emotional intelligence. Re-thinking and re-framing emotional responses. Communication which stirs up subconscious fears.

Node: Emotional need to exchange thoughts/ideas with a close-knit group of people. Contacts which are “familial” in feel.

ASC:  Fulfillment comes through conversation which synthesizes thought and feeling.

MC: Seeking one’s tribe or clan in the larger world. The human family is connected to one’s highest aspirations.

The Astrological Jupiter

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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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Planetary Portraits : Venus in Taurus

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Placement Strength & Applications: Love of stability can be used toward rock-solid and steadfast devotion to a partner. Capacity to enjoy the “here and now”; grounded in the senses. Potential to foster harmony and tranquility in personal relationships. A natural orientation which neutralizes pretentious exchange.

Developmental Challenges: To make the distinction between people and property. Understanding when “consistency” can be used to rationalize inertia or fear of fresh new approaches. To find the “sweet spot” in relationships where one balances the pleasurable and the practical while not using one as an excuse to overindulge in or minimize the other.

The Portrait: Beauty as simplicity. The natural. The potential to attract without seeking undue attention. A skillful blend of modesty and staunch inner confidence. The epitome of minding one’s own business and expecting others to do the same.

Relational Style:  Enduring, trustworthy. The keeper of her/his word. “In your corner” type of loyalty, and expects the same.

Sexual Style: PRESENT in all forms. Earthy, uncomplicated and unbothered.

You Value: The feminine, the sensual, the comfortable.

Planetary Portraits: Venus in Cancer

 

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Placement Strengths & Applications: Fostering and nurturing the complete relationship. Offering the warm, cozy nest of safety and unconditional love. The recognition of the full gamut of emotions and feelings. The inclination to intuit a partner’s spoken and unspoken needs. Attention paid to “the little things”. Promoter of the private “just between me & you.” bonds.

Developmental Challenges: “Helping” and “caring as a form of creating obligations in other people. Subtle, indirect manipulation. Learning how to receive the same affection you provide. Understanding warning signals and dangers of  holding something or someone too tightly and confusing that behavior with love.

The Portrait: The earth mother. A demonstration of the ideal feminine (irrespective of gender). One who is capable of harnessing emotional support in quantity and quality.

Relational Style: Sincere, soulful and heartfelt.

Sexual Style: Privately lusty.

You Value: The Sentimental & nostalgic.

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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