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.

©2017 by Sagittarian Mind Consulting

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Saturn in the 2nd House: “Utilizing Your Tools”

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If you’ve been studying Astrology for a while, in your exploration of the houses,you’ve probably noticed that some seem to be more clearly defined than others.

Also, while there may be multitudes of information circulating on certain houses, the input on others seems to remain nebulous at best, which puts the seeker in a bind. In my opinion, the 2nd house is one of these.

Often, the second house gets reduced to strictly money. Although money plays a part in what’s going on here, there’s much more. In the birth chart, any house serves as a “domain of development”.  The 2nd House specifically is where we can consolidate our resources and use our talents. Planets in the second house give clues to the nature of those particular assets and how we may profit from them in a material sense as well as  one that contributes to our self-worth.

If you have Saturn in the 2nd House natally, your developmental task is to clearly define what’s in your “toolbox” and actually CLAIM IT as something that belongs to you. Anytime Saturn is involved, there’s an insistence on no-nonsense clarity. The ringed planet is also pro-reality (or anti-bullshit depending on your view). Irrespective of Saturn’s position in one’s chart, in order to truly honor it, you must be dedicated to truth and good faith effort.

In order to become a good steward for this placement, your method of operation needs to consist of conducting ruthlessly honest “checks and balances” concerning what you’re really good at, as well as where you may lack skill or feel severely challenged.  Once this inventory is complete, a concerted effort to make the best of what you have, as opposed to constant worry about what you lack, is the suggested order of the day.

The significance of this particular placement is that there’s something Saturnine about the nature and expression of your talents. It’s vital to remember that the Saturn archetype is vast. The overall suggestion is that the instruments at your disposal (and that you can receive compensation for) require mastery, competence, a sense of responsibility and the acceptance of one’s authority when using them.

Consolidation is a viable strategy with Saturn in the 2nd house, which means the action or process of making something stronger or more solid. The universe is asking you to utilize what you have, not so much in an abstract or theoretical sense, but rather a tangible one where you can literally grasp the benefits of your own efforts toward improving your life and that of others. In order to carry this out effectively,  it’s essential that you understand and clearly define the precise direction of your efforts as well as the “why’s” behind your expenditures of time, money and energy.

By nature, Saturn isn’t a wasteful planet and it requires that you become a capable manager of all of the elements which will prepare you to execute effective and successful actions.

Some important questions associated with this natal placement may be:

In what areas do I truly excel?  How and when did I identify myself as possessing a special brand of competence in the aforementioned area(s)?

What specific experiences have I immersed myself in, to advance my skills in these areas?

You may find that Saturn in the 2nd house suggests that you have to work hard to develop your talents, but this also means that you stand to reap the benefits and recognition that come with that.

This may come with mastering the concept of delayed gratification, because in order to appreciate this process and build the necessary maturity and sobriety for leadership, you must understand the “brick by brick” concept of Saturn, so you can become a mentor to someone else who may wish to travel along the same path.

With Saturn in the 2nd house, the concrete actualization of Saturn is your ultimate goal.

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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.

© 2017 by Sagittarian Mind Consulting

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Taurus Sun, Pisces Moon

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Creativity can flourish within this solar/lunar package, as the need to merge the spiritual and sensual worlds is evident. A word of advice here: avoid becoming disillusioned in the process. As there’s a tremendous need to inspire, uplift and dream, there can also exist a propensity to deceive oneself at an emotional level.

It’s important to not only consider ideals when making decisions, but also concrete reality- the moment of the NOW. One of your tasks is to avoid getting caught up in the intoxicating rapture and keep your intuition and senses close for consultation.

An instant empathy is ever-present in  your makeup which allows you to successfully connect with others at a deep level. However, it’s of utmost importance that you carry your symbolic “life-preserver” as to stay afloat and navigate the sometimes tumultuous waves of emotion that you have the potential to absorb.

At your best, you carry a healthy degree of idealism with you and trust your feelings. You also realize that although you have an emotional investment in the intangible realms of life, it supports your development to deal with the things and people you can reach out and touch.

You’re meant to have a REAL presence in this world, so you may find, if you’re on the right track, that a desire to conjure up a “dream” job, lover or lifestyle may become less prevalent because you’ve firmly decided to awaken and begin working, loving and living.

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.

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Saturn in the 1st House: “Becoming Unblocked”

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If you have Saturn in the 1st house natally, your developmental task is the organization of self, which means to arrange all of your parts into a structured whole and develop  effective methods and purposes which surrounds your actions. You’re being asked by the universe to navigate life with solid and concrete intentions.

A room awaits you, filled with honor and recognition, and it’s just behind the brick wall.

The ringed planet is asking you to view yourself in your most realistic light and love that self that you see with a sense of permanence. With this placement, Saturnine principles are essential to the formation and development of your identity. Thus, accountability, self-reliance, responsibility, and work ethic need to be integrated into your life for the optimal flourishing of your person-hood.

A theme that looms large with this placement is that of claiming your own authority. To expound on that further, this means writing your own story, i.e. becoming the “author” of your life and ordering your own existence as you see fit.

It’s not that you’re necessarily rejecting input from others, but rather you’re learning to place yourself at the front and center of your life and be your own “go-to” person. Your “unblocking” manifests when you can neutralize or banish doubts surrounding issues of competence. Surely, you can model that concept for others.

A hesitancy to place yourself in front of the world may surface because of a fear of failure. However, it’s important to fully examine and understand the standards and values that you’ve used in formulating what that means to and FOR you.

The key to navigating this territory is to acknowledge your life as a step by step process which allows room for experimentation. Maintaining this type of perspective can result in a process of “toughening”, which shapes you into an individual who’s capable of placing the work you must do above concerns from your inner critic.

It’s essential to understand that it’s a reward to be in your position and it’s more of a matter of stepping into and claiming what’s already yours rather than a fervent striving to “arrive” at a certain place or stature.

For you, self-mastery is the ultimate result of navigating this placement successfully. Establishing an honest, grounded and solid foundation, which includes recognition of your strengths, challenges and limitations can lead to facing the world with wisdom, maturity and a finely honed sense of integrity.

In this way, you “self-credential” and come to the realization that measuring yourself according to external qualifications bears significantly less fruit than working with astute strategy and design in your chosen field(s) of endeavor.

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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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Mercury in Cancer

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With Mercury natally placed in Cancer, one’s inclination is to use the intuition as an informer to the direction that one’s thoughts need to take.

The person with this placement needs to think and communicate emotionally, as well as distribute messages which provide security to others. There’s an indirect bent to one’s speaking style and they’re able to pick up on subtle and underlying messages contained in non-verbal behavior that many of us miss. There’s strength here in imagination as well as a retentive memory which primarily contains a myriad of feeling responses rather than hardcore facts and figures.

The M.O. is to foster a sense of connection through interaction and the goal is developing intimacy, which means that a feeling of honest knowing surfaces as a result of  contact with others. Again, another strength with this placement is the ability to empathize and provide safe, non-judgmental spaces designed for open emotional expression.

Leo Sun, Taurus Moon : “Stay Shinin'”

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Earth and radiance.

Your “shine” is created through the recognition and harnessing of your inner value. Until you’re able to explore in all of its facets, what you’re worth, your personal projection ceases to generate the heat and light you aspire to.

Recognition, admiration and attention as a regal being ignites your spirit. Ideally this status is for the purposes of illuminating the potential in others as well as yourself, and allowing your expression to be a gift which emits rays of creativity than one that blinds with an inflated ego.

Building yourself up is essential, but the question remains as to how you’ll share what you’ve gathered with the larger collective.  Delving deeper into your feelings and curbing the impulse to accept them at face value is something which can benefit you.

The ability to burn away any material which causes inertia, rigidity or an one dimensional outlook is your friend. Understand that you can simultaneously maintain fixity of purpose and accept your ever changing, unfolding nature of becoming.

Your theme song is “Stay Shinin’ by Dynasty featuring Talib Kweli

You can listen right here:

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Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon: “Shadowboxin'”

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“One does not become enlightened by imagining light, but by making the dark conscious.”-  Carl Jung

In many households, when we’re growing up, it’s not too much time that passes by before we get our first talk about “manners”. We’re lectured about their importance and how vital it is for us to be “nice” and polite and on our “best behavior”.  In fact, we spend a large portion of our lives using these mantras as a navigational tool and reap the external rewards in the process for being presentable individuals by all accounts.

However, as time goes on and we start having to deal with emotional discomfort, or issues which induce some form of turmoil in our internal life, we suddenly feel ill equipped and unbalanced. As if our education had been incomplete. The lectures we received forgot some VERY important parts. What happened to that talk on emotional honesty? Or, that advice about confronting the elements of our shadow self?

At that point, we realize that Samuel L. Jackson was dead on in the movie “Juice” when he said:

” Just because you pour syrup on shit doesn’t make it pancakes.”

As wild as it may seem, this is one of the most vital lessons to be learned by the Libra Sun, Scorpio Moon combination.

In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is in Libra and the Moon is in Scorpio, participating in the balancing act which weighs one’s self-acceptance against public perception as a kind, cordial and socially acceptable individual fuels one’s vitality. This inner harmony has the potential to be achieved through plumbing the depths of one’s emotional life. Through a personality which faces subconscious fears though gut-level honesty which has resulted from an intimate relationship with the heart.

The Venusian flavored energy seeks equilibrium. It wants nothing more than to reach out, relate and create beauty in the world. The Libra archetype is connected to a keen social and interpersonal intelligence.  When blended with the watery desires of the Scorpionic Moon, it suggests that honoring the synthesis of internal and external intelligences is the most effective route to creating said balance.

Howard Gardner explains in his book, “Frames of Mind” :

“On the one side, there is the development of the internal aspects of a person. The core capacity at work here is access to one’s own feeling life-one’s range of affects or emotions: the capacity instantly to effect discriminations among these feelings and, eventually, to label them, to enmesh them in symbolic codes, to draw upon them as a means of understanding and guiding ones behavior.

In its most primitive form, the intrapersonal intelligence amounts to little more than the capacity to distinguish a feeling of pleasure from one of pain and, on the basis of such discrimination to become more involved in or to withdraw from a situation. At its most advanced level, intrapersonal knowledge allows one to detect and to symbolize complex and highly differentiated sets of feelings.”

“The other personal intelligence turns outward, to other individuals. The core capacity here is the ability to notice and make distinctions among other individuals and, in particular, among their moods, temperments. motivations and intentions.”

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The challenge in fusing these two variants of personal intelligence stems from one’s willingness to accept the emotional realities inherent in facing one’s shadow, which often leave us disturbed or unsettled.

When operating dysfunctionally, a person with this Sun/Moon blend comfortably points to  “those people out there” projecting what they repress, and refusing to dig within their own psyche out of fear that what they’ll find won’t enhance the ego’s view of the self. After all, “it’s not popular to work with this type of material and I’ve been getting rewarded for being such a “good” person for all of my life.” they say…..

However, the refusal to engage in psychic and emotional nudity which can only be developed from an intimately honest relationship with the self,  limits our existence. In this case,, fears keep us from being fully alive; from passionate engagement with the full range of human experience.

If one is only willing to consider the portions of themselves they deem acceptable,  they’re skillfully constructing an emotional straitjacket by adopting “roles” which limit their human potential as well as their capacity for authenticity.

A constructive picture of this Sun Moon blend looks like an individual who summons the courage within themselves to examine complex elements of their shadow. They realize that just because society accepts them, it doesn’t eliminate repressed elements, and until THEY accept them, they will linger like layered makeup.

This person digs deep to redirect the energy which COULD be spent in presenting an “acceptable” front , to other aspects of their lives which capture their passion and fuel their life force.

Through integrating the dark, a greater light is revealed.

Your theme song is “Shadowboxin'” by the GZA featuring Method Man

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Notes: “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences” by Howard Gardner; “Dancing in The Dark : The Shadow Side of Intimate Relationships” by Douglas & Naomi Mosely

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