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.

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The Astrological Jupiter

The Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church choir offers heartfelt musical praise to the Lord during services at the eastside Cleveland church on Sunday, December 30, 2007. Front row, from left, Jacques Smith, Donna Felton and Johnny B. Yarbrough, Jr. The choir and congregation are preparing for Watch Night, a popular tradition of greeting the New Year with prayer at church. (Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer)

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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…..

Take a listen :

The Sagittarius Woman: “The World is Yours”

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” If you do not ask yourself what it is you know, you will go on listening to others and change will not come because you will not hear your own truth.” -Saint Bartholomew

“Whose world is this?
(The world is yours, the world is yours)
It’s mine, it’s mine, it’s mine
Whose world is this?” – From “The World is Yours” by Nas (Produced by Pete Rock)

The Sagittarius Woman

Who she is :
The mind expander. The eclectic visionary. The minister of whatever moves her spirit. The straight talker. The freedom seeker. The funny woman. The great debater. The experience hungry. The knowledge thirsty. Ms. or Mrs. International. The self-righteous hypocrite. The truth copyrighter. The flawed goody two shoes. The open-minded proselytizer.

Life tasks:
To craft the most enormous vision possible for her life. To educate. To Illuminate. To share ideas which provide others with a broader understanding of the world. To gain wisdom and understanding. To discover her personal “God” or “Gods” within.  To connect the dots of her life and create a workable life philosophy. To find meaning, significance and internal joy.

Where you can find her:
At the Cannes International Film Festival. Reading “Autobiography of a Yogi” or “Assata”. Obtaining a graduate degree in Education, Anthropology or African-American Studies. At the New York Knicks Game. At the Jay -Z and Kanye West show, watching Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover”. At a lecture on metaphysics. At a used bookstore. At church, mosque or temple. Shopping, adding to her eclectic wardrobe.

Her many faces:
The Professor. The Globetrotter. The Student. The Nomad. The Intellectual. The Preacher. The Prophet. The well-read Woman.

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Victor Status:

A tour guide through the mental and physical realmsThe woman that you want as a teammate in “taboo” , or as a traveling partner on any continent. A striking blend of intellect, insight and humor. Open to anything which will elevate her intuitive thought.

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Victim Status:
Hypocrisy, Intolerance. Forces her views on others. Dogmatic. Unyielding in the face of new information. Ignores facts and important details, exaggerates emotions for effect, “right at all costs” syndrome.

Wardrobe:
Comfortable, bright and multi-colored with exotic flair.

Sexual style:
Exploratory, adventurous, uninhibited.

Ideal Relationship:
Full of laughtermind blowing conversation, and international excursionsSimultaneously meeting her needs for intimacy and independenceHonest, straightforward communication.

Her Greatest Strength:
Enthusiasm

The moment you encounter a Sagittarius Woman, you will be catapulted into the wide open world of possibilities. In fact, if you converse with her long enough, you’ll discover just how vast the world really is. You’ll discuss places you’ve never been, but have always wanted to go: mentally, physically and spiritually.

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The Archer Woman will be so filled with enthusiasm when you meet her that it will be hard to tell whether spring water, mocha latte or ciroc is in that cup she’s carrying around. Whatever the case, you’ll appreciate her for being disarmingly honest and providing a wide lens view of life’s potential.

The word “enthusiasm” has it’s origins in Greece. It means “to be filled with God”. The roots being “en”(in) and “theos” (God). 

The interests and tastes of lady Sadge are so eclectic that you might find her in any number of places. Her philosophy centers around becoming involved in whatever is going to expand her horizons and provide her with a sense of meaning and significance.

One of the most impressive dimensions to the Sagittarian Woman’s personality is her versatility.  Even if she doesn’t have a crazily stamped out passport, her mind is traveling at 100 miles per hour and changing lanes. From music to art to politics to film to metaphysics to religion. Her Cerebral Cortex works out like an olympic champion, and if you’re even going to have the slightest chance at capturing her attention, she expects you to keep up.

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Ms. Sagittarius is confident, principled and filled with conviction. She’ll debate you over Illmatic vs. Reasonable Doubt, Plessy vs. Ferguson and Roe vs. Wade all in the same conversation. Unless you’re a listless deadbeat, there’s absolutely no way you can’t emerge from this Woman’s presence inspired, and much more knowledgeable.

We can all take lessons from the Sagittarius Woman about finding joy in life, keeping the faith and making the most of whatever situations we’ve created for ourselves. The Centaur’s world is filled with abundance. If you’re thinking about bringing a wet blanket to the party, you’ve got another thing coming. The Sadge woman will wash and dry it for you and send you on your way.

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What can cause this Jupiter-ruled Woman trouble is her desire to be right at all costs. 

In unevolved form, she’ll swear to you up and down that the “truth” is registered in her name at the patent and trademark office of whatever country she may reside in. What the Archer needs to learn in order to invoke the inner wise woman is that there’s no need to force your beliefs on othersEveryone is in a different place on their road to personal development, and when the time is appropriate, they will receive the knowledge that’s tailor made for them. Your words will not go unheard, but the actual listening and absorption may take place further down the line.

In closing, the last words to the Sagittarian Woman would be these: remember the symbolism which surrounds your sign.

Half Woman/half horse aiming your bow and arrow high up into the open universe.

 

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Find ways to honor both sides of your nature and it will help the arrows which you shoot be more effective.  Continue on your quest for your personal truth, travel fast and travel far.

Remember: the world is yours.

Take a listen to Nas’ track off of the “Illmatic” album, produced by the great Pete Rock

Moon-Venus Contacts in Synastry

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As a counseling Astrologer, when writing about synastry, which surveys relationship potential and compatibility  between two people (as suggested by their birth charts), one of my main responsibilities is to be an “opener of doors” and an interpreter of potentials and possibilities. No narrative between two individuals is a static, fixed one.

Advancing the art of synastry requires creativity, and a  far-seeing telescopic lens devoid of the “by rote” recitation of familiar and stale scenarios which couldn’t revive themselves even using the most powerful set of defibrillators.

In addressing issues surrounded by compatibility, our birth charts serve as a basis, foundation or a tool.  Then, the people breathe life into it, catapulting themselves off the paper into real-time, as to honor and support the unfolding human being.

Let’s take a journey into the realm of the Moon and Venus. These two planetary archetypes are firmly rooted in Astrology’s “intimacy network.”  Let’s make no mistake: they can be great friends and cohabitants, symbolizing a cozy synthesis of both what we WANT and what we NEED.

When Moon-Venus contacts are experienced between two people, there’s a GRAND OPPORTUNITY to create a “safe space” or a “heavenly haven”, if you will.  A place where you both enjoy the company of one another and there’s potential for an airtight trust that’s built on a keen emotional understanding and the desire of both partners to be in tune with one another’s innermost needs. The relationship possesses a heart barometer that each person checks frequently out of immense concern for the other.

The home and hearth are something to be cherished here, and the meanings travel far beyond the mundane “brick and mortar” definition. When it comes to the nurturing of the union between partners, a spirit of mutual cooperation can be present in service of furthering a heartfelt and erotic bond. Whether you’re a Woman or a Man in the relationship, these contacts suggest a deep and genuine appreciation for feminine principles: receptive, yielding and containing energy which is open to intuitive insights, emotional memory and the welcoming of sensitivity with open arms.

In Robert Augustus Masters’ work entitled “Emotional Intimacy: A Comprehensive Guide For Connecting With The Power of Your Emotions“, he gives an outline of some factors in synergistic combination which constitute emotional intimacy. Here are five which illustrate Moon-Venus contacts working at an optimal level:

(1) Being sufficiently well acquainted with our emotions so that when one arises, we recognize it, can name it, and acknowledge what we’re doing with it.

(2) Relating TO our emotions rather than just FROM our emotions, so that we neither fuse with nor dissociate from them

(3) Listening to others deeply, both to what’s being said and what’s NOT being said.

(4) Remaining emotionally transparent and non-defensively expressive of whatever is arising in us, be it pleasant or unpleasant.

(5) Being FULLY vulnerable.

Ladies and gentlemen, of course there’s a flip side to these dynamics, which holds the possibility of operating in quite a dysfunctional manner.

An appropriate culinary comparison to the Moon and Venus would be comfort food and sweets. Both, when consumed and enjoyed in moderation, don’t necessarily have detrimental, long-term effects. However, overdoing it is a different story. One could easily conjure up a scenario where both partners are racking their brains to come up with the last time they actually participated in a meaningful activity as an independent entity. In fact, that whole phrase sounds foreign and perplexing.

Oddly enough, when suffering from he stupor  that sugar shock brings on, all the partners can locate is 15 to 20 extra pounds and remnants of an expired gym membership. What was once healthy interdependence has now morphed into insatiable attachment hunger. The fulfillment which results from adult sharing has now given way to the fussiness and temper tantrums reflecting infantile behavior.

Like any other contacts in synastry, much depends on the attitudes, maturity and focus of the people involved; with the emphasis being not so much on whether the aspects are cast as “harmonious” or “inharmonious”, but rather uncovering, through a wide open quest, the most constructive potentials for operation of the planets in question.

Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon

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One of the most challenging parts of our unfoldment as human beings is undergoing the process of developing into autonomous people. Staking the claim of our own identities outside of the structures which can either serve as liberating forces or stultifying traps: family, educational institutions, friendships, racial groups, gender roles, etc……

Around Adolescence, which is roughly between the ages of 12 and 18, the desire to have our unique personhood validated and affirm ourselves a distinct individual is intensified.

We want to create our own codes, live by independently established values and put our original stamp on our life patterns. Most likely, we’re not solid in exactly who we are at this point,  so the freedom to try on many hats and experiment with various identities is paramount.

There are a number of tension filled conflicts which arise during this stage: peer pressure, the beginning of consistent contact and relations with the opposite sex, major concerns about body image, attractiveness, popularity and the dilemma of “fitting in” or “standing out”. 

To think that all of these polarities, complete with consistent points of crisis will be resolved neatly and cleanly by our 18th birthday is a fantasy. The process has merely started…..

The combination of  the Cancer Sun and Aquarius Moon highlights the anxious, uncertain yet exciting and electric oscillation between remaining rooted and forging forward; between the past and the future.

In a natal (birth) chart, when the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon in Aquarius, the individual is fueled by emotional and familial security. The core life energy seeks the familiarity of a tribe of like-minded individuals. The Cancerian energy is inclined to seek bonds and connections with others whether they’re “blood”, or simply because their ideologies and worldviews click.

It should also be mentioned that the dysfunction of Cancer attunement is manifested behaviorally as the inability to release these bonds, thereby holding others (and themselves) as emotional hostages. The motivation behind this behavior is often because they feel they’ve given so much of themselves through warmth, caring and active listening that it should be returned in equal measure.

The Aquarian Moon uses the Cancerian Sun’s light and energy as fuel to create a personality whose nourished by anything unconventional which doesn’t fall under the criteria of a humdrum existence. There’s a reigning emotional need to be acknowledged as a unique individual complete with all of the quirks. This person won’t be fulfilled until it’s settled that they’re “not like everyone else”.

Additionally, this Sun-Moon blend calls for the person to challenge the same tribe which stimulates their core life energy.

The misuse of the Aquarian Moon energy can be seen in behavior which is rebellious without a cause and slavish to the “fad” of non-conformity just for the sake of it, which is actually conformity by default.

When used constructively, the tension of this challenge can accelerate and broaden life development.

The Cancer fuel that’s used in belonging must make friends with the Aquarian Moon’s need for the personality to individuate.

A possible positive outcome of this Sun-Moon combination is someone who can make their “home” anywhere. An individual who has released the guilt of unnecessary familial obligation and claimed their birthright to view life through their own unique lens while remaining rooted in healthy attachments and relationships which nurture their self-actualization.

Relationship Astrology: Sun-Moon Contacts Between Partners

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In Synastry (the astrology of human relationships) Sun-Moon contacts are heralded as a textbook factor of compatibility. While one must explore the birth charts and life experiences of both people, it STILL goes deeper than that.

The Moon has no light of its own, it  uses the solar energy by reflecting it into the universe.

Is this a “good” thing? I don’t know. Is it “bad”? Again, same answer.

I’d say it just is, and whatever we choose to make of it is our decision.

When there’s Sun-Moon contact existent between two individuals, one may have indeed met their true reflection. The parts we love about ourselves and the one’s we may be attempting to escape are right there for us in plain view if we pay attention. Essentially, the identity and aspirations of one individual are connected to the other’s emotional fulfillment.

Who one is becoming may provide nourishment and sustenance to the other. In fact, both people work in this shared dynamic. There’s an atmosphere which brings light to emotions and subconscious material— you know….. the kind which we may be projecting on others, but that’s very much a part of our own psyche.

Sun-Moon contacts serve us as an archetypal meeting of the inner masculine and feminine, and this is NOT gender specific.

These designations are more based on symbolic archetypes and less on whether you’re a Woman or Man. Either way, there’s a fusion of the mover, shaker, and generator ; the part of us that’s active, becomes aroused and asserts, and the instinctive, receptive, yielding energy which speaks to accommodation and containment.

So much of Astrological compatibility depends on the state of consciousness that two people are operating from. If both people have made solid commitments to personal integration, these contacts can prove to be much more enjoyable and sustaining than if they haven’t.

Operating functionally, there’s a climate of mutual support, emotional security and the affirmation of the humanness of both partners. Each person has a clear, illuminated  vision for the relationship and more importantly, and objective view of the other.

In an alternative scenario, we’re staring at parts of ourselves that we may have suppressed because it’s not flattering to our egos. So, of course, it’s always the other person that has “issues”. If they would just “see the light”, everything would alright.

What this dynamic produces in both parties is distortion. Instead of a sunny day, it’s a cloudy one which diminishes the capacity to truly relate to each other. So, instead of human to human contact, one or both partners has been reduced to “hey YOU over there!”

It’s understood that another person can’t “make” us whole. However, working with these contacts in a relationship can certainly provide us with valuable material for understanding what it’s going to take to reach those heights on an individual level. The questions about this Synastry aspect center around whether we’re willing to take responsibility for the material that’s OURS and work with it developmentally rather than casting blame or shame on a person that we claim to love and respect.

We would like to believe that we’re great ALL of the time, at least that’s what the bathroom mirror says, right?

The news flash says: we’re not.

The outlook is dismal if we’re not willing to confront the root causes of WHY we are the way we are. But, if we can find it in ourselves to explore this labyrinth, with loving, nurturing support from our significant others, we can certainly bring our psyches into balance and find out more about what can make us whole.

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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.

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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Pisces Sun, Aries Moon

One of your keys to connecting with the greater sphere of humanity is to confidently and courageously know your own value and accept yourself in all of your intrinsic worth. After all, this is what fills your heart.

Your life lessons stem from being able to discriminate between working in your self-interest from thoughtless and insensitive behavior toward others. When you fearlessly love yourself and provide the self-care you deserve you have the potential to blossom into someone who understands the unifying principles which permeate through human life. Therefore, you can operate from a place of internal power and respect for self as well as your fellow woman or man.

We live in a society where “might makes right”, but you’ll learn that your application of will requires a touch of finesse to become truly effective. In fact, a potent STRENGTH lies in your SENSITIVITY toward other people.

The willingness to embrace the adventure of trusting your gut and following your inner guidance can serve as the ultimate tool in your self-realization. Visionary warriorhood lies within your grasp.

An Open Letter To Libra

 

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Dear Libra,

Hey hey!! I hope all has been well with you.  I tried to call you the other night, but to no avail.  I’m not really worried, though. I know you’ll call me back. You’ve always been a friend that I can count on and you’re accommodating to a fault sometimes. That’s really part of the reason that I’m writing you. I’m sitting here thinking about how we haven’t talked in a while and I miss you. I miss your sweet, warm nature and your willingness to listen and give everyone a fair shake. Justice was always so important to you. Not only are you interest-ing, but you’re also interest-ed in others, which explains why everyone is so drawn to you.

I understand that we probably haven’t conversed in a while because of your new relationship and I hope it’s going well. I know it’s your first priority, but as I friend, I want to tell you that I see signs of you losing yourself a little bit. All of the things I used to hear you so amped and excited about seemed to subside since you met your mate. Your traveling, your art, your dreams….. I’m sensing that you’re not even writing the way you used to… I’ve been checking your fashion blog- and nothing!!

I mean…. you’re still passionate about these things, right???

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: I really hope everything works out between you two, but as a friend, I don’t ever want you to lose sight of yourself or your gifts. Even if you’re in a “happy” relationship, becoming engulfed can eventually become a problem. You’ll always be my charming, refined and well-balanced friend. I used to stand back in awe when I witnessed you putting those social skills to work when you were an art dealer. You could sell to anybody!!  I marveled at your ability to establish a rapport with such a diverse group of people.

I just want to see you put your whole self to good use. That’s the way I see it. One of your greatest strengths has always been the ability to connect. I know it was some time ago, but in our last conversation I detected a hint of dissatisfaction because you weren’t getting out and socializing like you used to. I remember how all of that used to energize you SO much. Last thing I remember, you sounded depleted and you seemed totally absorbed in your relationship. Just some food for thought.

The last thing I want to leave you with is this: you don’t have to make an “either/or” choice. This isn’t a black and white situation. You don’t have to damage your relationship in order to get back on track, but you may want to think about carving out some time to get back in touch with your essential nature. To reflect on who YOU are outside of your relationship. The better YOU are, the better partner you can be and the more you’ll have to share. It’s all about balance.

Well…. I need to get out of here, because I have a plane to catch, but just know you were on my mind. Take care and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Sagittarian Mind

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