Developmental Lessons For Cancer

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“The struggle to learn to listen to and respect our own intuitive , inner promptings is the greatest challenge of all.”
-Herb Goldberg

For those born with the Sun in Cancer, one of your essential developmental tasks is striking a balance between your emotionally vivid inner life and your interactions with the larger world. Consciously using your shell as an introspective haven of rest and retreat until it’s time to spring into action and handle earthly affairs.

One of the challenges of this task is making sure that intellect is not compromised by overly subjective emotional reactions. Conversely, that the ability to feel and take heed to intuitive promptings is not muted in the name of pure logic.

Cancers must yield to the signals of the still small voice within . It cannot, nor should it be ignored. In fact, these”gut feelings” may serve as markers which can call attention to potential dangers when a course of action is being contemplated.

On the flip side, using your internal radar can possibly link you to opportunities which are extremely beneficial on a spiritual, physical and psychological level.

Cancer: Listen not only with your ears and your mind, but also with your heart.

 

Saturn-Venus Transits : Exploring Core Values

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When transiting Saturn contacts Venus in one’s birth chart, there are looming questions surrounding what one considers to be important to their existence as well as the durability and purpose of particular relationships.

While there’s no sure shot way to say for certain how this may materialize in one’s life, keep in mind that you may feel a certain strain which prompts you to explore the relevance of what have previously been regarded as important associations.

This can be a tough period, because you may come to the realization that you’ve been wasting your time with certain people. Or, the effort that you’ve expended far exceeds your return on investment.

While there’s a possibility that such situations could be restructured or redefined, you must take a more ruthless approach and prune all unions which don’t contain the degree of depth and substance that you desire. Where others are concerned, you’re better off facing the reality of who they are underneath the veneers rather than succumbing to any idealized fantasies about them.

Initially, you may label this approach as tedious and socially isolating, but given a healthy growth-oriented perspective, you can gain maturity and appreciate the newly offered gift of solitude as compared to loose, superficial bonds.

If this transit is successfully navigated, there will be very little doubts as to what relationships you can proceed with and solidify enduring bonds, and those which to not carry that potential. In the clutches of sobriety you can gain the capacity to realize that some things just aren’t worth saving. However, what you DO save and/or create during this time is more likely to be REAL if you allow immediate pleasure to take a back seat and give the wheel to self-control.

Intertwined with these lessons, there’s also a clarification and declaration of values which needs to take place. It’s important to be solid in what’s important to you. If you know the answer to this question, you must then ask if it’s reflective of your present mode of life. Also ask: What can I live with? What can I live without? Consulting your inner authority to address these concerns will be your best and most rewarding course of action.

Economically, there’s not so much of a “shortage of money”, but there’s a call for you to use what you have constructively; to be deliberate in your decision making when it comes to expenditures. While it’s said that ‘the road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom”, it also lends itself to consideration that “enough is better than too much.”

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Leo Sun, Capricorn Moon

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This sun/moon combination suggests that emotional and psychological fulfillment comes through harnessing one’s abilities to consolidate resources in the name of personal growth.

The type of fuel your “engine” runs on contains aspirations to gain notice from others through a creative and unique expression of yourself and your gifts. If administrative prowess and personal promotion are blended successfully, there’s potential for the high visibility which comes with leadership, provided that you inspire others through an example of sincerity as opposed to being a walking exercise in ego inflation.

The step by step building of an internal locus of control nourishes you and helps you to ground your sense of authority. If your heart space is well-organized, the beaming light which accompanies your charisma has the potential to shine though in order to gain the personal recognition which you seek.

One of your keys to becoming a well-integrated person is to take responsibility for everything that you are. To recognize your strengths as well as your limitations and how to responsibly and effectively live within them.

When you “walk the talk”, you feel as if you’re standing on a firm foundation and there are no contradictions in your thoughts, words or deeds. In turn, this affords you the insight that you never have to settle for less than you deserve in your personal relationships or dealings with others.

In essence, you’re self-validated and don’t feel guilty about asking for, or pursuing what you want.

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Sagittarius Sun, Gemini Moon

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A number of years back, a film was made by HBO on the infamous boxing promoter, Don King. Mr. King was played by Ving Rhames. One of the things I’ll always remember was the completely Sagittarian philosophy King was portrayed as displaying toward the contracts of his boxers when promoting his fights : “just sign by the X and we’ll fill in the details later !!!” He exclaimed.

This leads us into the land of the Gemini-Sagittarius polarity.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is placed in Sagittarius, the core energy which provides stimulus to the individual consists of broadening the identity and worldview via physical and intellectual questing. It’s a necessity to view life from the widest frame of reference.

Psychologically, the archer is driven by the pursuit of an all encompassing truth and philosophy which provides clues to the grand cosmic design of which we’re all a part.

A thirst for knowledge and search for meaning which enlists the archetypes of the Wise Woman/Man, Visionary, Philosopher, Prophet and Teacher of High Wisdom pervades the heart of the centaur’s life force.

The Moon in Gemini uses the energy of the Sun to reflect forth an individual whose personality needs consist of the diversification of thought, social adaptability and a constant flow of mental discourse and the sharing of ideas.

This Sun-Moon blend illustrates the Sagittarian potential for synthesis of the whole along with Gemini’s possibilities in the adroit analysis of the parts. Where the energy of Gemini classifies, labels and categorizes, Sagittarius theorizes and creates more comprehensive systems of thought.

The dysfunctional expression of this Sun-Moon combination can manifest behaviorally as an individual who, amidst the excitement of their new enlightenment, proclaims that they’ve discovered the ONE and ONLY truth which applies to everything. 

Consequently a tremendous amount of time and energy is now spent trying to “convince and convert” others to their worldview while dismissing other findings of truth as being invalid and overlooking important details in the process.

Conversely, One can also become lost in the process of isolating selected pieces of information or the collection of data, never making the transition to a broader spectrum of knowledge and wisdom.

A constructive synthesis of this Sun-Moon combination consists of developing the capacity to grasp the magic of thinking big, while holding simultaneous awareness that “the devil is in the details”. Making room for youthful curiosity and wonderment to acknowledge the myriad of truths which exist within our vast universe.

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Leo Sun, Virgo Moon

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“Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

The combination of a Leo Sun and a Virgo Moon in an individual birth chart suggests the potential to shine by making oneself useful and summoning the powers of discrimination and insightfulness with the ultimate goal of improving the existing state of affairs.

This person is fueled by attracting notice from others, usually through avenues which allow regal and confident self-expression. Their vitality is stimulated by leading and being appreciated for their special qualities which allow them to illuminate the world with the warmth and heat of the spark of their divine being.

In addition, the personality reflects a need to clear out the useless and superfluous gunk in order to become a more radiant vessel for individual creativity.

The solar/lunar blend of Leo and Virgo can assist one another in providing balancing elements.

Leo provides a “solar boost” to the otherwise suggested modesty and tendency to dwell in the background of the Virgo Moon, while the Moon in Virgo’s need for reserve and reality checks can help curb unhealthy  and excessive egoical tendencies of a dysfunctionally operating Leo Sun.

Leo’s energy, like the Sun’s is only as effective as the glow it provides for EVERYONE.

When one becomes overly critical of oneself or others, which is a regression of the Virgo Moon’s energies, the shine downgrades to dullness.

Also, when the ego gets out of check he/she ceases to be useful. When the desire for praise or fame trumps correct techniques for everyday living, the result may very well be the person who gains a counterfeit popularity through criticizing other people:  A certified hater.

Optimally, there’s a sense of refined nobility, a generosity which is both fervent and sincere. A richness of spirit that not only uplifts and inspires, but also serves practical aims in the tangible world.

 

Pisces Sun, Sagittarius Moon

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The poetic signature which permeates through your life has the potential to catapult you to new heights of genius and inspiration, or contribute to a severely disillusioned and misguided mentality. There’s no doubt that you seek truth in ways which encompass all of your senses, and trusting your ability to intuit is important. This Sun-Moon combination suggests a pronounced strength holistic thinking. However, let’s not forget that the FACTS and DETAILS are just as important during your quest for spiritual understanding.

Hopefully, throughout your life, you’ll learn the necessary lessons surrounding seeing things in an ideal state vs. dealing with the concrete reality which exists right in front of your face. For you, the “power of the now” can be an exhilarating time and have life-changing ramifications.

Just as it nourishes your foundation to travel physically, spiritually and emotionally, it’s of equal significance to take what you’re learning and water the seeds of human progress. Ideas are rarely a problem, as the scope of your intellect is designed to become broad and telescopic. In fact, I would dare to say that you’re one of those people who’s able to find meaning in just about everything. To you LIFE is a symbol within itself: signs, synchronicity, and messages from “beyond” assure you that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, only divine timing and you may even consider the concept of TIME to be an illusion.

It’s obvious that your aspirations are fueled by influencing thought and elevating spiritual awareness, the question which remains is how you go about doing this. Your answer will be highly personalized, but it must include a strategy for translating the language of the higher mind to those who feel trapped in the mundane sphere of dead end jobs, never ending bills and relationship woes.

Make peace with the “instructions” that flow through you and accept that feelings and judgments from those around you may be less than ideal. There’s a sensitive spot when it comes to having your philosophies and opinions valued and respected, but do not allow this to distort your vision of clear sighted truth.

Faith is your ally, and as long as you sincerely operate from your center with pure intentions, humanity has a true friend in you.

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Scorpio Sun, Aries Moon

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Often, when we consider what war means, vivid  images of physical battle pervade our psyche. Sometimes, so much that we lose the complete picture, forgetting that the spiritual and psychological components of war are arguably as important as what we do with our bodies. With the Sun- Moon blend of Scorpio and Aries, two Mars ruled signs, warrior is your middle name.

In a birth chart, when the Sun is in Scorpio, the core life energy which provides stimulus to the individual consists of the desire to plumb the depths of life experience. Even if this investigation happens to put them in the way of danger, there’s an unshakable faith in the finely honed intuition and sensitivity of the Scorpion which will allow them to proceed without trepidation.

The Scorpio Sun is fueled by passionate involvement and possesses incredible amounts of physical and emotional reserves which carry transformative potential for themselves as well as others who might be so fortunate to be close enough to be involved in their realm of life experience, no matter what it may be.

Typically, there are three levels of Scorpio’s existence: The scorpion, eagle and the phoenix. The Sun’s placement here suggests the individual is capable of living all three, from wallowing in the dark, dismal abyss of vindictive and vengeful behavior to rising from the ashes and soaring above baseness to heal, empower and regenerate individuals and systems.

The Moon in Aries reflects the Scorpio Sun’s light in the form of a personality who needs to “ram” ahead as a courageous and autonomous individual. There’s an emotional need to be first and catapult themselves into the forefront.

This placement also suggests the need of the personality to engage in dynamic action and keep the fiery flames burning. The Moon in Aries is nourished by competition. However, it’s not so much the external battles which provide them sustenance, rather the internal “wars” which are waged as a self-honing process which leads to greater personal strength. The key to integrating this combination is learning the most constructive ways which to use that power.

When this Sun-Moon combination manifests dysfunctionally on a behavioral level, there can be a ruthless individualistic streak which somehow forgets that others have the same rights and freedoms to express themselves. An overt “all or nothing” steamrolling quality which alienates others from providing any form of support.

Using this blend constructively, the potential exists for an iron will and untouchable self-confidence. This belief in self extends in the form of goodwill towards others, thereby encouraging them to contact  the warrior within and push courageously through life despite any obstacles which might reveal themselves along the way.