Hip Hop’s Magnum Opus: The Birth Chart of Nas’ “Illmatic”

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How do you begin talking about a masterpiece? I mean… where do you start? First of all I make no apologies for stating my personal opinion that I think Nas’ Illmatic is one of the best (if not THE best) Hip-Hop albums ever created.

Many of us still want to know what the young, 19 year old upstart from Queensbridge was thinking during the making his debut album, which would go on to be critically acclaimed as a standard for Emcees everywhere.

With a heavy hitting “dream team” production from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-TIP and LES, the red carpet was rolled out for Nas, and he delivered in such a colossal way that Illmatic will forever go on the list of albums that set a  blueprint for hip hop greatness.

There’s no question in my mind that Illmatic was needed in the universe right at the time it came out, and it embodied the qualities of that moment, as we’ll see by looking at its birth chart.

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It’s apropos that the introduction to Illmatic is titled “The Genesis”, which is a powerful expression of its 29 degree Aries Sun.  This album signals a sense of “coming into being” and new beginnings,   especially for the New York hip-hop scene.

In addition, Aries at the 29 degree mark suggests the height of competition. There’s a glaring illumination of potential for a colossal impact in the world as reflected by its 10th house position near the top of the birth chart.

Illmatic’s Aries Sun suggests being ignited by the fuel of “champion” or warrior energy where aspirations are centered on winning and being the best. There’s no doubt that the cosmos confirms Illmatic being a pioneering album with aims toward being number one. Nas’ masterpiece was given a coveted “5 Mic” rating (suggesting a “perfect album”) from “The Source” Magazine, who at that time, held significant weight in the area of critical reviews of hip-hop recordings.

In the VH-1 documentary “Driven” MC Serch described Nas’ success with Illmatic as having “Hit 10 Home Runs.”

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When Mercury and Mars, which are also in Aries, are added to the equation, there’s a “push” factor which undeniably holds the potential to force others into competition and prompt them to apply their will at a heightened level of assertion.

In fact, there have been numerous interviews from DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip and LES which discuss the level of competition amongst producers in the making of Illmatic. One could easily argue that this is the finest group of hip-hop producers assembled for one album.

With the Sun’s powerful developmental connections to both Uranus and Neptune, we’re witnessing an album whose originality and genius, borne out of rebellion takes center stage. Nas, in stating his feelings about the recording of Illmatic said that he had to tell a story which was “all his own” (Sun-Uranus). This vibe is coupled with a poetic, flowing self-expression which provides inspiration through vivid imagery and the symbolic painting of pictures (Sun-Neptune).

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According to Peter Rosenberg of the radio station Hot 97 in New York, Nas was hailed a “Hip-Hop Messiah of mythological proportions.” (Sun-Neptune) upon the release of this album.

Illmatic’s Leo Moon reflects the light of the Aries Sun through a personality which is fulfilled through gaining notice, praise and validation from others.

There was a big buzz surrounding Illmatic, so it wasn’t just an album that came from out of the blue and snuck up on people. Nas also mentioned in an interview , sponsored by Google that he felt those hip-hop icons that had come before him, and had given so much to the art, HAD to like his album in order for him to feel complete. He wanted the likes of Kool G Rap, MC Shan, etc… those icons that he may just happen to run into at a local bodega in Queensbridge, to tell him “good job”. Nas also mentioned the fact that his career could’ve been over if his album didn’t receive the “co-sign” of those who were respected in hip-hop circles.

Also appropriate for the Astrological signature of Illmatic is its Cancer Ascendant. Nas’ childhood picture (Cancer), graces the covering (Ascendant) of the album, along with his roots and foundation, Queensbridge projects, in the backdrop. Also, within the fold of the liner notes, there’s a picture of his childhood friends as they sit on a park bench. Illmatic is filtered through the lens of nostalgia, with songs like “Memory Lane”, and it also invokes an emotional response as a focal part of its identity expression.

Finally, it’s Cancer rising speaks to a musical lineage, as Nas’ father, Olu Dara, a jazz musician joins him by lending his musical talents on the LES produced track “Life’s a Bitch”. Not only did this track highlight biological family, but also artistic family, as it gave birth to A.Z’s career, and he’s gone on to become a hip-hop heavyweight in his own right.

In the aforementioned VH-1 documentary “Driven”, Peter Rosenberg stated that the release of Illmatic put hip-hop in a position to be taken seriously as an art form, which it’s Pisces MC flanked by Saturn strongly suggests: Not only serious art on the world’s stage, but A standard bearer (Saturn) for music  from a universal standpoint (Pisces).

Looking at Illmatic’s 5th House, which outlines the domain in which both artistic and physical “children” are created, we see circumstances which surround birth, death and the underbelly and ills of life. The themes which pervaded this album weren’t always pretty, yet there were also benefits and artistic riches to be unearthed from tumultuous circumstances on the path to meeting Illmatic’s ultimate destiny (Jupiter, North Node and Pluto in Scorpio).

The death came before the making of Illmatic when Nas’ best friend, Willie Graham, better known as “Ill Will” was shot and killed. According to Nas’ brother, Jungle, in the VH-1 documentary, “Driven”, this occurred on May 23, 1992. This had a profound effect on Nas and would later serve as fuel for a powerful and transformative creativity which connected to his self-expression. The birth would occur on June 15, 1994, a couple of months after Illmatic’s official release date, and that would be his daughter Destiny.

Using whole sign houses, we can easily see that the 3rd/9th house MC/IC axis of Virgo and Pisces suggests that on all of Illmatic’s tracks although Nas is speaking with exactness and precision (Virgo) about his experiences in his immediate environment (3rd house), the cosmic design is to balance that so a much larger sphere of the world (9th house) can relate for Universal (Pisces) understanding.

With the Taurus/Scorpio nodal axis, Illmatic, as a work of art had to find a way to make money (Taurus), while projecting a deeper significance (Scorpio) for hip hop culture.  Although critically acclaimed, the album didn’t immediately catapult to the heights of platinum status as did may more commercially recognizable albums. Nas’ brother Jungle stated that Nas’ advance for Illmatic was a mere $17,000 at the time, so he was forced to, at that time to consider a balance between regenerating (Scorpio) hip-hop and material comforts (Taurus).  In many eyes, Illmatic (and Nas) wasn’t/weren’t receiving the return on investment which it deserved.

Fortunately for the hip-hop faithful, Illmatic is an album which is being discussed 20 + years from its release, and for Nas, it’s enabled him to integrate the works’ nodal axis on the strength of a brilliant display of artistry thereafter.

Representin’ is Illmatic.

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Virgo Sun, Pisces Moon

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When a Virgo Sun and a Pisces Moon are combined in an individual birth chart, there’s immense potential for self-improvement and personal refinement via the use of one’s intuition and participation in the intangible realms of life.  The solar/lunar synthesis represents the invisible made visible and the ideal made real.

Very few things are more satisfying than to shape a concept or a dream and then give it physical form so that it manifests with solid physicality. This combination offers that opportunity.

The type of fuel this person requires is discriminating and practical; complete with high octane analytics.  It’s the dissecting of systems or people in service of more efficient operation.

The solar energy is reflected in a lunar personality which has an emotional need to assemble all of the pieces together and bridge any divisions between themselves and the spiritual source from which they originated.

The key to navigating this blend successfully is to shape inspirational and creative ideals into functional form; to not only visualize but to actualize.

A dysfunctional expression of this combination can suggest more dreaming and less doing, or the feeling that inspiration, without perspiration or preparation will be enough.

It’s important for natives with this blend to understand that floating on feelings of utopian bliss can only take you a portion of the distance you need to go to engineer your visions. If nothing more is done, you may be chasing castles in the sky or living in a fool’s paradise.

Conversely, the portals that contain the fluid and boundless flow of intuition must be kept open and not overly stifled via the allowance of the hyper-logical, or the straitjacket of conceptual incarceration,  into one’s creative realm.

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Saturn-Moon Transits : “Emotional Boundaries”

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When transiting Saturn makes contact with the Moon, themes of emotional boundaries, limitation and taking responsibility for one’s feelings are highlighted. What’s being asked of you, especially during this time, is to face reality- as well as any of your fears concerning what you need to be emotionally fulfilled.  Also, you’re being called to re-organize your response patterns and gain maturity in doing so.

One of the lessons to be learned from this passage is that feeling differently from those you may be close to, through familial ties or intimate relationships, doesn’t indicate a flaw in your character. It simply establishes the boundaries on how you experience the world versus how others do.

You may speculate that stating your feelings about what matters to you, in an authentic manner is subject to alienate you from others, and you’re right. However, this isn’t a period of time where you succumb to the whims of other people, no matter how close they are or claim to be.

Optimally, Saturn-Moon transits suggest a time of accepting responsibility for the model of the heart you’re creating with no apologies. Honesty and REAL responses can now fuel your growth toward construction of a life experience that’s more robust.

You have the potential to clear out any clutter which binds you to a painful past, whether that includes bitter resentment concerning the family, or harsh treatment from someone you ‘ve confided in and lowered your defenses for.

You may realize that what you need isn’t as complicated as you once thought, and your first inclination may be to criticize yourself for this, thinking that you lack depth. This is not the case. If anything, there’s an indication that you’re making an effort to cut through neurosis and stabilize your existence.

These transits illicit questions of trust: ‘Do I trust myself?” “Whom can I bear my intimate feelings to?”

In matters of love, you’re being challenged to negotiate feelings of giving too much and receiving too little. A ruthless inquiry to examine whether or not a scarcity mentality is present may be appropriate. Understand that there’s enough affection to go around for everyone in this world, and the urge to cajole, force or control to create the illusion of that will surely backfire sooner or later.

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Saturn -Midheaven (MC) Transits: Defining Your Place in The World

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When Transiting Saturn contacts the MC, this can be used as an opportunity for focusing on and bringing greater structure and definition to your ultimate aims in life.

In most cases, these goals are intimately intertwined with our vocation, or what we may view as our  life’s “calling” , which is symbolized by the MC.  

The themes which you may be presented with during the length of this transit will undoubtedly consist of not only questions surrounding your willingness to commit, but also how hard (and practically) you’re willing to work and how disciplined you’re willing to be, which includes developing the outlook of delaying short term gratification for a more solid, substantial reward in the future.

Becoming ruthlessly honest with oneself about personal limitations is also a vital part of this transit.

Honestly seeking and gaining clarity about what you can realistically accomplish given the present circumstances is an indication of maturity. This is not the time to play silly games with yourself, but rather one to sober up and figure out where you wish to distribute your time and energy.

It’s important that you make it a point to devise a strategy which provides a solid foundation for your future endeavors. Responsibility, which is a keyword for Saturn simply means your “ability to respond”. So, the questions then become:

“In what manner do I wish to respond when it comes to solidifying my destiny in the world?”

“How can I clearly define my goals and my place in society?”

What you must know about this transit is that you won’t receive anything which is out of proportion with your efforts.  If you feel the need to cut corners and leave serious matters floating in the breeze than the results will surely reveal themselves in a way which glaringly highlights your need to make adjustments in that area of life. If this should transpire, the modus operandi is to consider this feedback from the universe of how you can become wiser and more skillful in addressing areas for development at the time they reveal themselves rather than passing them off as trivial.

The Saturn-MC transit is a great time to concretize yourself and work on a self-presentation that’s authentic as possible in the larger sphere of the world. You may find that this starts with a thorough examination of your upbringing. Keep in Mind that the MC/IC is an axis. So, in order for you to be successful in this endeavor, you must think about what needs to be preserved, and what also needs to be released regarding guidance you may have received from an authority figure in your life.

It may now be clear to you that parental, or other guidance was formed from a particular worldview which you may share a portion of, but you’re now learning to “parent” yourself and incorporate your own insights and experiences which will ultimately serve as your locus of control and guiding post for the rest of your life. The possibility also exists in becoming a parent in the literal sense.

One of the purposes of this period of time is to test you on how much of your public life, outer world and career has really been determined by your own definitions and how much has been dictated by societal mores, advising you what you should be when you grow up.

Ideally, NOW is the time in which you grow up and take a stand, sending the message to the world that you’re willing to ground yourself based on a definition of self, which is far from crystallized or rigid, but is sturdy enough to ward off those who wish to control you through their “fixed” image of you.

Now, your entire being must contain a fundamental center from which you operate. The key is to form a solid foundation which is the basis for providing direction, but also contains enough humility to consult with the wise and the trusted for periodic input when needed.

From a disordered perspective, this transit suggests fear and doubt of one’s capacity to gain influence in the larger world. Or, even anxiety behind taking on the responsibility of parenting. What could be developmental progress and gaining wisdom and maturity gets sidetracked into constant thoughts of lack. A feeling as if there’s not enough to go around and one is going to be left out of the equation of receiving the recognition they deserve.

It’s clear that one of the main areas of focus during this transit is prioritizing the actual work, over accolades which you may feel are warranted.  Planning with a clear head and a realistic vision about what and where you would like to “master” or “professionalize”, and the efforts that are required to get there is a productive use of this planetary passage.

You may be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the results, which will be directly reflective of your degree of personal integration and organization, as well as your attitude toward confronting and neutralizing obstacles which may appear along the road to self-actualization.

When successfully navigated, the efforts put forth t this time can lead to the heights of prominence, which from the traditional Saturnian point of view reflects a broader base of influence , authority and a significant increase in public trust because you’re now presenting yourself as someone who is undivided in thought, word and deed.

In order to be on friendly terms with Saturn, we must be willing to do things which will most likely make us uncomfortable. We must resist succumbing to what demands the least out of us and put forth the time and energy that’s worthy of our refinement. We must also ultimately own the quality of our endeavors. If there’s anything which we feel we’ve outgrown, or isn’t worthy of our time from a developmental perspective, the most constructive course of action would be to leave it alone.

The key is to emerge from this transit with a clear, explicit direction and the intestinal fortitude to serve as your own leader, and to let your example speak for itself.

*Note: I don’t specify the particular aspects to Saturn, as my focus is more on planetary contact, so any major aspect (conjunction, square, trine) is applicable as far as this transit is concerned.

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Virgo Sun, Leo Moon, Cancer Rising

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Within the combination of a Virgo Sun, Leo Moon and Cancer rising, the basic energy which stimulates the individual is that which comes with the process of refinement, analysis and self-improvement. Employing the skills of discernment in service of a greater ideal. Making an assessment of how parts may work together to keep themselves and others running more efficiently.

 

There’s a tendency to put energy towards making everyone and everything better and perfect a part of themselves and offer that as service to humanity.

The Virgo Sun’s fuel is used by the Leo Moon to give form to a personality which needs to be appreciated, adored and admired. Someone who’s nourished by being seen as special and unique.

There’s an emotional need to have the core identity validated.

In order  for this person to be truly fulfilled, The expression of creative talents must be an extension of this identity.

The world is seen through the filtering of the Cancer Ascendant: the sensitive, poetic and self-protective eyes of a nurturer.

This placement suggests a highly intuitive nature which is easily able to tap into emotional undercurrents and size up the general “vibe” of situations without a staunch and logic analysis.

Cancer rising is also capable of offering the purest form of warmth, feeling connection and listening response . However, it’s extremely vital to distinguish your feelings from those of others which whom you come into contact.

Dysfunction can occur when there’s an almost obsessive drive to meet the  emotional needs of others used solely as an escape from acknowledging the depth of your own.

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The Function of Mercury in Partnership Astrology: ” He Said, She Said”

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When considering partnership Astrology and compatibility, I’ve always maintained that Mercury is a highly underrated planet.

It somehow gets lost in the shuffle. When many of us ask if we’re “compatible” with another individual, we seem to go straight to the Venus and Mars portion of the show, which would suggest the physical attraction,  links of passion, and the SEX.

However, upon further investigation into our relationships, we start to hear things like ; “He/She isn’t really talking about anything” or “I don’t understand how  He/She thinks.” Now, we’ve opened the door for Mercury.

In relationships (and generally) Mercury is the planet which symbolizes communication.  The “winged messenger” resides over the left brain logical processing of information, the classification of facts,  our analytical faculties and speech. The energy of Mercury is discriminating, as it reduces the whole to parts in order decipher meaning.

When two people get together, what they think about and the manner in which thoughts and ideas are processed can play a critical role in the functioning (or lack thereof) in the relationship. After all, communication is one of the primary ways in which we establish our connections with others.

 

If the placement of the two  individuals’ Mercury placements form a tense, or challenging relationship, they may be tested to see how flexible they are in understanding and accommodating the way the other thinks and processes things.

“I know you believe you understand what you think I said. But I ‘m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.” (Source: “Meta-Talk”, by Gerald Nierenberg)

Yeah….. something like that…..

The harmonious, or free flowing alignment of Mercury between two people suggests an easy rapport. Someone that we feel at ease speaking with, and usually what we would call “like -minded”. There is a mutual interest in each other and a curiosity in regard to the subject matter that both people are presenting.

There’s also likely to be a mutual agreement on the concept of learning and exactly what part it plays in the every day experience of the two people. Whether they’re on one accord about the beauty of “youthful wonder” or the ease of ignoring social issues, there’s still an understanding.

In thinking about the part that Mercury plays in our relationships, we may want to continue to examine what type of partner may suit us intellectually.

What do we like to discuss? What qualifies as mental stimulation? What value do we place on the “life of the mind?” What have we found to be the most effective ways to communicate or connect with another human being?

The theme song for Mercury’s function in synastry is : Eric Lau and Guilty Simpson’s : “He Said, She Said”. You can listen here:

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Pisces Sun, Pisces Moon : “Above The Clouds”

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The type of fuel that this individual operates on is connected to possibilities of the ideal world. Dissolving barriers between themselves and the all of existence. The life force is optimized by the interconnectedness of everyone and everything.

The personality has a reigning need to transcend the mundane, material world and live – as Gangstarr would put it: “Above the clouds”. They may feel as Amel Larrieux (Pisces Sun) puts it: “trapped being human.” Their work is largely in the intangible realms.

Victim Status: Cloudy, hazy thinking. Self deception. An unclear identity and lack of boundaries. The inability to distinguish where they end and another person begins. A refusal to face reality, or a creation of one designed to avoid discomfort.

Victor Status: The intuitive empath par excellence. The non-judgmental friend who seeks only to listen and understand. The wise one who doesn’t feel the need to explain the “logical” channels from which their information was obtained because they’re in touch with their inner wisdom.

Take a listen to Gang Starr’s “Above The Clouds” feat. Inspectah Deck

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Pisces Sun, Taurus Moon : “Far Away From Here”

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In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is in Pisces and the Moon in Taurus, the fuel which provides stimulus for this person is that of spiritual liberation. Essentially, what motivates this individual is the desire to transcend the earthly plane and do creative work in the intangible and ethereal worlds. In fact, the human body can be viewed as a “prison” or trapping of sorts.

The Piscean potential for intuitive flow may allow them to just “know” that there’s more than meets the eye than this “gross and heavy reality” that’s being presented to us. This placement also suggests a capacity for highly developed empathy. When a person with a Pisces Sun says: “I feel you”, chances are: they really do. One of the best things about this is that it’s usually in a non-judgemental manner, seeking only to listen and understand.

The Taurus Moon uses the light of the Pisces Sun to form a personality whose emotional needs center around stability and security. Basically, this equals keeping things as they are and holding life’s surprises to a bare minimum. The Moon, when placed in Taurus suggests a capacity for sensual enjoyment of everyday, routine things. The lunar Taurean is nourished by what’s familiar to them.

For those with the solar/lunar blend of Pisces/Taurus, it certainly raises a few challenging questions: How can I do creative work that’s “otherworldly”, spiritual and transcendent and stay rooted to a semblance of familiarity? How can I enjoy the sensual pleasures of the body as my emotional needs require without becoming a slave to its importance?

On the underdeveloped side, the Pisces Sun’s fuel to move “far away from here” can resonate so strongly that the dangers of cloudy judgment exist. There may be an inclination to get “high” by any means, and in the boundless world of Pisces, nothing is off limits: drugs, alcohol, sex, fantasy, incessant television and anything which will provide an escape hatch.

Meanwhile, a potential downfall of the Taurus Moon has it’s roots in inertia. When unchecked, a natural gravitation toward the known has potential to morph into an extremely static and conservative approach to life. The line of thinking here is that life itself will somehow freeze if you do nothing differently in your individual world. However, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll see that day when you get up off the couch, look out the window and realize the world is passing you by.

A productive use of this Sun/Moon blend is grounded spirituality. Embracing the sense of awe and the creativity which comes with the recognition of life’s unity. This goes for ALL creatures great and small. To show gratitude in everyday mundane experiences.

While it may be nice to float off to the fifth dimension, you must know that rich and varied spiritual experiences can be had right here on the ground. Furthermore, your physical body is a vehicle and vessel to assist you in your earthly work- not your enemy. In order to maximize its use, it’s advised that you remove the prison bars from your mind. You can still get “far away from here” ON EARTH.

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Taurus Sun, Leo Moon

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“Any real change implies the break up of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one identity, the end of safety. And at such a moment, unable to see and not daring to imagine what the future will now bring forth, one clings to what one knew, or thought one knew; to what one possessed or dreamed that one possessed. Yet it is only when man is able, without bitterness or self pity to surrender a dream he has long cherished, or a privilege he has long possessed,that he is set free-that he has set himself free- for higher dreams, for greater privileges.”

-James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name

The word change is defined in Webster’s dictionary as [1] To make different in some particular. [2] To make radically different: transform and [3] To give a position, course or direction to. It’s my contention  that in order to embrace our authenticity, we must become acquainted with change in some form and hone our ability to navigate those waters. This undoubtedly requires risk.

To truly be who we are and validate ourselves sans outside approval requires a tremendous amount of patience and intestinal fortitude. The combination of a Taurus Sun and Leo Moon serves as an accurate illustrator of the path of internal certification. On a general level, the combination of these two signs implies a relationship of dynamic or developmental tension. 

This means when they’re synthesized the most significant growth can  emerge via periods of crisis, upheaval or intense circumstances which demand that we make very clear progression or regression choices. In an individual birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Taurus and the Moon in Leo, the core life energy is geared toward safety and security; the maintenance of stability. Keeping things as they are with relatively few surprises is the prevailing order of the day.

The Venus ruled Taurean energy is also stimulated by pleasure and the enjoyment of creature comforts which awaken and stir the senses. As an earth sign, the bull wants something they can “grab a hold of”  to point to as a symbol of certainty, whether it’s a career, relationship or money in the bank. The Leo Moon uses the Taurus Sun’s light to reflect an individual whose personality needs consist of identity validation, approval,  and the recognition and fundamental appreciation of their uniqueness. All of these emotional needs are ingredients to the puzzle of self esteem:

“Self esteem is the disposition to experience oneself as competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and as worthy of happiness.”

In order to be emotionally fulfilled, the Moon in Leo person must feel as if they have the necessary tools to not only “cope” as an individual,  but to flourish. With Leo’s sense of self-importance, there’s no “just getting by”. If that were to be the case, they might be viewed as “ordinary”, and in their book, that’s something too be avoided at all costs:

Needing to live up to a big and rather dramatized image of themselves, the Leo Moon person can be rather a show off. But they do it with such innocence and high expectations that they are often forgiven for their tendency toward self absorption and dramatization.”

When these Sun/Moon energies are blended, the tension which exists vacillates from wanting to keep conditions the same to desiring a growth and advance in the personality. A balance is required to maximize this placement. Stability of the most basic sort is required in our lives. However, part of acquiring self-esteem is the ability to successfully adjust to changes. To drop the script, act or image of this “big” person that you’ve convinced yourself that you need to embody and get on with the business of being yourself. If this path of authenticity is sought with great effort, the individual has the potential to be warmly inspiring and supportive to others who are also on their quest for self-actualization. In Nathaniel Branden’s book “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem”, there’s a rundown of some basic ways self-esteem manifests in ourselves and others, many of which I deem applicable to the optimum use of the Taurus Sun/Leo Moon combination:

“Self-esteem expresses itself in a face, manner and way of talking and moving that projects the pleasure one takes in being alive. It expresses itself in an ease in talking of accomplishments or shortcomings with directness and honesty, since one is in friendly relationship to facts. It expresses itself in the comfort one experiences in giving and receiving compliments, expressions of affection, appreciation and the like. It expresses itself in an openness to criticism and a comfort about acknowledging mistakes because one’s self esteem is not tied to an image of “being perfect.”

“It expresses itself in one’s comfort with assertive (not belligerent) behavior in oneself and others. It expresses itself in an ability to preserve a quality of harmony and dignity under conditions of stress.”

Stability does not have to be synonymous with sameness or inertia. The highest compliment the Sun-Moon blend of Taurus and Leo can bestow upon the universe is to embrace taking the risks which come with the pursuit of authenticity and to implement personal changes over time which will allow them to meet the demands of genuine self-esteem.

References: “The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem” by Nathaniel Branden; “Person To Person Astrology: Energy Factors in Love, Sex and Compatibility” by Stephen Arroyo

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Cancer The Crab: “Home Is Where The Heart Is”

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With the Sun or any personal planets in Cancer, your life energy is connected to “homeland security”.

This can be a physical dwelling or the “home” inside yourself which constitutes your inner radar and the deepest recesses of your being.

Typically, when Cancer is mentioned, there is an emphasis on family, but it needs to be stated that roots can be both biological and ideological in nature.

When we take a closer look at the crab, it all makes sense….

The crab is covered with a thick exoskeleton, also known as the hard shell that protects the body, and we surely can’t forget about the single pair of claws. This is in contrast to the soft interior which we don’t readily get to see.

Consider yourself to be fortunate if you get to experience the warmth and tender kindness contained within the heart of a Cancerian type.

There’s potential to  experience a soft attentive touch and have  your unspoken needs met. However, be sure to reciprocate.

It’s not that Cancer displays an intentional “moodiness”, but when they feel as if they’ve taken care of everyone else and it’s been unacknowledged, or there’s no reciprocation, that’s when the “claws” are most likely to manifest.  !!

Take a listen to Boog Brown’s “Detroit”, as she speaks about the city of her birth. Cancerian energy suggests roots and origins; the sentimentality of having a place to belong.

“Home is where the heart is regardless of how dark it is.”

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