Sagittarius Rising : “‘Panorama”

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Your mission is life is to view the world through a colossal window.  With a Sagittarius Ascendant, the panoramic view is your birthright.

Your lens for processing your experience needs to be equipped with the desire to ask the large questions which provoke thought and create meaning. To a greater or lesser degree, broadening, elevating and expanding discourse is what you’re here to do. After you enter a conversation, it shouldn’t be the same. This isn’t because you monopolize it, but rather because you provide grist for the mill to stimulate the minds of others.

If you have it your way, life is one grand and robust conversation about a plethora of great ideas, concepts, theories and the actions which need to be taken to support these in real life.

Shooting your intellectual arrows and allowing them to fly freely is a skill that the universe has asked you to master. Breadth of perspective and inquiry can be one of your talents which can take you into realms that can benefit you in unthinkable ways.

While others may spend their time taunting you in regard to zodiac stereotypes concerning your non-committal or overly opinionated nature, don’t get stuck here.  Make it a point to spend your time on intellectual, physical and spiritual exploration. Aim your arrows in the direction of what truly inspires you while allowing others the space to feel about you how they want to feel.

Jupiter rules and commands your chart, so the enlarged outlook and questing nature is designed to permeate through all that you do. Keep in mind that your education is about what you bring to it. Don’t leave home without your mutability, which can be used to institute a much-needed flexibility of approach. Remember that allowing yourself to get steeped in dogma is your kryptonite.

Having the whole view is a gift. Use yours wisely. If you understand that your perspective is no MORE or LESS important than anyone else’s and is simply what you’ve formulated based on your life experiences, you’ll discover that we’re all fellow travelers on the same road and will be more inclined to inquire, share, discuss, learn and teach and less inclined to judge, cajole, insult or battle for rightness.

This is the Sagittarius Rising Panorama.

If you have a Sagittarius Ascendant, your theme song is “Own Appeal” by Oddisee. You can listen right here:

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The Importance of The Sun/Moon Blend In The Birth Chart

To provide a basic introduction to Astrology, the sign” which most of us are familiar with is known as our Sun sign. It correlates with the Suns position at the moment of our birth. This is what most of the popular horoscope columns are based on. However, what these tidbits don’t tell you is that it’s far from the complete story where the makeup of our psyche is concerned.

In a birth chart, The Sun suggests the fuel that we need for the maintenance of our vitality. Its symbolic of experiences we need to realize our essential selfhood and what we’re meant to become to serve the needs of the times.

When our Sun sign is shining, we’re at our most “alive” and we feel a simultaneous sense of sanity and meaning. We radiate and feel the freedom to express ourselves most creatively. The Sun represents the archetypal masculine: active and striving energy. That which pursues.

As Astrologer Greg Bogart says regarding our Sun signs: “A central goal of this incarnation is to be most fully and consciously a Taurean, Libran, or Aquarian type of person. Feel free to insert your sun sign into that passage.

For Astrological purposes, the Sun is referred to as a planet, but astronomically, its a star, both literally and figuratively. The Sun generated light and heat and provides living things with what they need to remain healthy. When we feel good and we’re hitting on all cylinders, we really DO feel as if we can be a “star”.

The worship of the Sun goes back to ancient times because of the link between the solar force and divine energy. It can be said that when a person is expressing their Sun signs energy optimally, they’ve tapped into the “God force” or spark within.

As with everything, balance is necessary. Too much of anything has carries the potential to disrupt the equilibrium of our being. Theres no doubt that we live in a solar oriented society, and aiming our aspirations in the direction of selfrealization is an important part of our integration. However, wholeness cannot be achieved effectively without a synthesis of our dimensions. Lets keep in mind, when we stare at the sun for TOO long, it blinds us.

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Enter the Moon.

In contrast with the bright rays which shine, we have the symbolism which suggests the presence of the divine feminine. The active and receptive dimensions of ourselves. The Moon has no light of its own, yet reflects the Suns light in the form of a personality.

Through this physical vessel, ones emotional needs are pursued. In our Astrological charts, the lunar force is about what nourishes us; what allows us to feel natural, comfortable and secure. Together, The Sun and Moon are referred to as the lights”. Astrologer Demetra George eloquently writes:

From an Astrological perspective, the Moon signifies how the divine intention represented by the Sun can find physical actualization in a human body and then be applied to the affairs of daily life and worldly existence so that our actions can benefit others.

It must be emphasized that when analyzing ourselves astrologically, the Sun and the Moon are a natural pair and the blend of these two entities constitutes the building blocks upon which life themes of the rest of the chart are built. If we really wanted tbreak things down to the core, we could say that the Sun is who we are and the Moon is what we need.

To illustrate how the Sun-Moon blend operates, let’s use the example of an individual with The Sun in Leo and the Moon in Pisces.

For this person, a combination of these energies would suggest a vitality which is fueled and maintained by attracting notice from others, public recognition and selfexpression through creative endeavors. Validation that one is special and has a unique gift to share with or radiate to the world, which no one else can. This Leo energy is reflected through a personality form which needs to dream, be idealistic about the human condition and merge with a spiritual source in their lives.

Using this blend optimally, we have an individual who comes to realize their selfhood through working in the intangible realms of life. The discovery of identity through identification with symbols, music or mythological figures as inspiration for the dissemination of their ideas in the public forum.

The dysfunctional expression of this combination could be one with an inflated sense of self– importance; thinking like the sun, the world (earth) revolves around them. All the while, making the choice to create an alternative emotional reality to escape the challenging elements of life.

Its important to remember that it’s our choice what level of the “elevator” we’ll decide to live these potentials. We can stay on the ground floor or aspire to the top. Either way, we’re asked by the cosmos to be who we are and fulfill our needs in the process of unfolding.

Notes: “Astrology and Meditation: The Fearless Contemplation of Change” by Greg Bogart.  
“Astrology and the Authentic Self by Demetra George

Natal Saturn in Gemini

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In one’s birth chart, Saturn is associated with (among other things) the principle of mastery.

Saturn’s placement in Gemini suggests a cosmic call to develop one’s intellectual and communicative capacities in order to reflect maturity, competence and authority. The potential is present to draw others to listen to, or read what you have to say. However, the key is to harness the desire to expend the necessary effort to refine your speaking, critical thinking and linguistic abilities through participation in serious study and discourse with knowledgeable people.

Also, it’s of major importance to neutralize thoughts which point to being inadequate or ill-equipped to stand on one’s own thinking and claim one’s “voice”.

For those with this placement, their development rests in understanding the use of organized, strategic and systematic thought as an instrument of personal and collective power.  There’s also an emphasis on the recognition that just like money circulates in an economy, so does knowledge. To navigate this placement wisely, one must be ever vigilant in regard to conserving one’s thoughts and words for the appropriate times and people. You know that you’re becoming successful in this endeavor when you realize that “everything isn’t FOR everybody.

 

Making Friends With Saturn

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I’m determined to “make friends” with and capitalize on the opportunities which the planetary energy associated with Saturn is offering.

As I’ve matured, I’ve learned to appreciate the depth of symbolism which reflects the archetypal nature of the ringed planet.

In some circles, Saturn is considered to be a “malefic”, but I think it’s important to recognize that there can be a wider context employed when analyzing the planet in its totality. There are definitely two sides to the coin.

While Saturn’s energy is associated with delays, limitations, restrictions and sometimes pain- ALL of these can serve us a tremendous teachers.

Situations where staunch discipline is required and we must delay short-term gratification, or even circumstances where we feel hurt can offer us a top notch education. After all, when we learn lessons the hard way, we’re much less likely to forget them right away.

Saturn isn’t a flashy or glamorous planet by any stretch of the imagination. It’s energy takes us to task: it asks that we get down to business, and engage in finding practical solutions to problems without the aid of quick fixes.

In a world filled with short cuts where the mentality of expecting “something for nothing”  runs rampant, it’s appropriate that Saturn’s reputation is met squarely with its share of grumbling. The more I think about it, I realize that society has a collective fear of Saturnine energies because of our aversion of anything that may be remotely difficult. However, when you analyze what the word actually means, it raises more questions as to why we have such a high level of anxiety.

The word difficult is defined as: “needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with or understand.” Saturn is asking us to actually WORK in order to actualize our aspirations. After all, if we say we want it, shouldn’t we be willing to put in the time, sweat, intellectual or physical rigor to obtain our goals?

As far as Saturn’s relationship with limitations and delays is concerned, sometimes they’re necessary in order to obtain more clarity concerning a person or situation, or better yet, OURSELVES.

It would benefit us all to keep in mind that when it comes to Saturn, we can easily self inflict our pain by attempting to tread the path of least resistance. If we think about our lives more deeply, many of our journeys of self-discovery probably came off the heels of some intensely discomforting circumstances.

I don’t mind sharing that Saturn was in the picture (along with Uranus and Pluto) when I was involved in a tumultuous relationship which I viewed to be limiting. Although there was a high level of discomfort, that experience led me toward the deep exploration and study of the dynamics of partnership Astrology. I was also given cosmic instructions from the taskmaster on the importance of embracing solitude and setting healthy boundaries in relationships. What once seemed painful was merely a reorganization in service of restoring personal congruence.

Saturn is associated with many qualities, but integrity and authority are two that loom large. Regarding authority, Saturn symbolizes our internal locus of control, and the values we’ve worked to discover through time and experience. The breaking of the parental mold, where we firmly place ourselves as the primary manager of our lives.

Integrity isn’t only included in the realm of self-honesty, but it also suggests a wholeness or completeness within our psyche. To be undivided. To have our thoughts, words and actions demonstrate consistency.

During a major “Saturn period”, we may feel frustrated or “fated”, hence the planets reputation as the “lord of Karma”. We may feel as if Senex or “Father Time” is “out to get” us. This simply isn’t true. For these periods of difficulty are necessary to illicit self-exploration as a means to extract meaning out of our situation. Whether it’s a Saturn transit or natal placement, it’s purpose is to show us a specific set of experiences that are required for the development of our WHOLE SELF.

I’m thrilled to say that I’m working on my relationship with Saturn, and I appreciate what I’m learning. Although it’s not an easy task, my hope is that we’ll be friends one day soon, and if there’s a delay on that, I have faith that it’s all in the name of gaining a higher level of clarity about my life and myself.

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Saturn in the 7th House : “The Solid Partner”

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There’s a vast amount of material written about Saturn’s position in the 7th house which focuses on blocks, frustrations, control, fears and delays.

If you’re new to Astrology, chances are you may have spent an hour on the internet researching Saturn in the 7th house and possibly come away thinking that your marriage will automatically be delayed (if you get married at ALL) or you’re destined to attract stern and controlling partners.

While I don’t totally dismiss these possibilities, I wish to elevate and expand the conversation to include the undeniable growth potential that is inherent in the Saturn archetype. In a great deal of interpretations, I see an imbalance when it comes to revealing how Saturn can operate constructively in the birth chart.

Often times, as soon as the word Saturn is uttered, you can immediately queue the moans and groans from those who only know the “grim reaper” version of the planet.

While Jupiter is cast as the beneficent one, the ringed one, Saturn is reduced to images of a cantankerous old man who hates everything life has to offer. It’s my view that this is because the energy of the planet suggests that we need to work hard and possibly do MORE than is required of us. We live in a society where the possibilities of getting something for nothing, taking shortcuts and “working smarter, not harder” is frequently sold.

When it comes to personal and business relationships, which both fall under the 7th house domain, choosing to sidestep the required effort needed to be successful, rarely if ever works.

The Saturn principle is about what’s REAL and SOLID.  The planet symbolizes form and structure, as well as TIME. Anytime Saturn is involved, there’s a step by step process because whatever is being built is for the long haul and intended to stand up in the face of challenges of difficult circumstances.

In a natal chart, when Saturn is placed in the 7th house one has an opportunity to master their partnerships through living with integrity. The goal is no division in thought, word and deed. There’s potential here for a stable, enduring and mature relationship between equals.  In many instances, people “don’t feel” like this, so the assume that it must not be true.

However, what we forget is that nothing comes without a price, and just because it may be hard, doesn’t mean it won’t be beneficial for us. In working with this placement, we must be willing to commit FULLY moment after moment and day after day to our relationships despite the obstacles we may encounter. We also must develop a clear sense of reality about who we are and who our partner is.

For those of us who wish to escape into a fantasy world and refuse to accept ourselves and our partners as people with flaws, frailties and shortcomings, we may have a long, frustrating road ahead.

However, If we take our relationships seriously and invest the time, energy and discipline needed to maintain them, we can be rewarded in ways which allow us to come into greater awareness of ourselves and our partners, and tap into potentials which were merely dormant before we decided to suspend doubt and cynicism and put in the necessary work that’s required for a successful partnership.

Does this take time? YES. So, if Saturn is associated with delays in this sense, we need to make room for the possibility of no instant gratification. It may be a while before we see the fruits of our labor.

We may have to monitor our progress slowly, but surely. In witnessing improvements in increments, our fears may start to diminish and all of the sudden, we’re handling responsibilities that we didn’t necessarily view ourselves as being capable of.

Saturn is also associated with wisdom. The type of insight gained through experience which is an intermingling of joy and pain. It’s hard won. If you’re going to maximize your Saturn in the 7th house, you’ll need to be prepared with a vast supply of patience, but picture the following image:

a house so solid that nothing rocks its foundation.

The potential is there.

 

Action, Assertion and Drive: Understanding Your Mars Sign

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Simply put, the planetary archetype of Mars symbolizes action, assertion and the application of will.

The sign in which Mars is placed in the chart suggests the style, or how we go about obtaining what we want. Mars’ sign is also connected to our method of attack and defense, or how we go to “war”. The house placement of Mars indicates the area of life development where we may be most effective and fulfilled expending this energy.

Mars in Aries: Direct, forceful and decisive application of will. Pull no punches, play no games. No gimmicks.

Mars in Taurus: Hearty persistence. Stubborn and unyielding will in service of how things “should be”. Expenditure of energy for practical purposes.

Mars in Gemini: Goes to war intellectually. Using words as a shield and sword. Explicit language. Slices and dices the competition cleverly and with a sharp wit.

Mars in Cancer: Intense self protection. Elaborate defense system. Applies will tenaciously. Pursues goals indirectly and in a subtle manner.

Mars in Leo: Confidence and self-assurance are drivers. Expends energy attracting attention and gaining notice for unique qualities and perspectives.

Mars in Virgo: Efficient vibe. Applies energy toward analysis and perfecting of skills to be offered as service to humanity. Pursues correct techniques.

Mars in Libra: Ultimate diplomat. Or constantly “riding the fence”. Application of will geared toward cooperation/partnership or the passive-aggressive contesting of  viewpoints just for the sake of debating the other side of the issue.

Mars in Scorpio: Goes to war psychologically. Investigates weaknesses and vulnerable areas of the mental/emotional makeup. Applies will with potency and intensity. Energy expenditures toward exploring the “underbelly” of life. Probes people and processes deeply and intimately. Tremendous regenerative capacity.

Mars in Sagittarius: Applies will toward deriving purpose and meaning from life experience. Pursues the construction of a comprehensive philosophical framework. Extends effort toward developing informed opinions to share with the world.

Mars in Capricorn: Pursues aims and objectives strategically with an organized and administrative focus. Desire centers around achievement in the concrete world, status and mastery of will. Climbs mountains and overcomes obstacles. Applies energy toward strengthening community and upholding tradition.

Mars in Aquarius: Gears efforts toward individuation and self-realization. Applies will futuristically toward humanitarian pursuits. Unafraid to be labeled “weird” or “strange”. Views eccentricities as a healthy part of personal authenticity.

Mars in Pisces: Energy applied toward sacrificing self for the ideal and merging with the collective. Motivated by the dissolution of boundaries. Going to war for, and giving hope to the downtrodden. Intuition and empathy are used to achieve personal goals.

©2016 by Sagittarian Mind Consulting

Venus in Aries: “Shooting Your Shot”

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As we explore the territory that’s Venus in Aries, we do so with the understanding that Venus can’t be reduced or limited exclusively to “love” in one’s birth chart. There are far more associations which accompany the planet. However, for the purpose of this particular article, one’s idea of love, as viewed through the Venus in Aries lens, will be emphasized.

For those with Venus placed in Aries in the birth chart, love can be a battlefield, where you want to be number one with no question. Love can be a feeling of having to “fight ” for the object of your affection. Love is passionate involvement. Love is fiery. Love is independence. Love is victory. Love is risk.

Love is “shooting your shot”.

You have the potential to be the the “Love Warrior”.

Ideally, you have little problem being the initiator in forming relationships because (1) you don’t believe in wasting time and (2) there’s a dynamic thrust of identity projection at work. For you, personal relationships are a source of constant renewal, and the litmus test of the ones that serve you is how much motivation you feel to maintain them.

Independence is another key theme for you. Learning the lesson that: working in your own self-interest and selfishness are two different things will be of immense value to you in your journey.

When Archetypal Aries energy is present in intimate relationships, there’s a tremendous focus on impact: On the effect they’ve had on the other person. The continuous question is :”what’s new?”

A static existence without mutual independence is as debilitating as it gets.

The gist of an Aries infused relationship is: “take your resources and explore the world, and I’ll do the same.” Then, we’ll come back and share insights in a manner that benefits us personally and collectively.

In general, what you can provide and also what you expect from another, is a straightforward and shame-free manner of relating. Emotional directness doesn’t have to be a problem.Typically, this is a person who’s more concerned with affirmation of their being than apologizing for it.

Because of the focus on identity development, what the Ram seeks in a partner is someone who has found a source of  passionate involvement and stimulation for *themselves*.

Venus in Aries understands that to be deeply focused on what you love is to feel connected to the collective life force.

On a healthy level, the Venus in Aries individual desires to “push” their partner to fulfill potential. Always looking for ways to encourage stretching out of their comfort zone.

Dysfunctionally, they become obsessed with competition, feeling as if they have to continuously be “one up” as a source of psychological satisfaction.

Another appropriate question for Venus in Aries is: “How do I keep the fires burning?”

Aries energy is undoubtedly challenged with maintaining enthusiasm in relationships. With the natural ebb and flow of life, the initial “heat” which is automatically present in the beginning stages of a union must subside or take on a different form.

So, what will it be?

Do you choose air to fan the flames of your passions? More fire to set the world ablaze? Water to create steam? Or, earth to bring structure to your aspirations?

Great astrology raises effective questions.

Ultimately, no matter what you choose, know that you can, and are supposed to have an impact on your partner.

You have the capability to become a master motivator and a source of “juice”. Not only by your powerful words, but your life lived as a personal demonstration of how an identity and belief in a cause unfolds over time.

Venus in Aries also suggests a person that’s not adverse to risk in relationships.

Now, we return to the theme of  fearlessly going after the type of relationships which authentically suit your way of being: a.k.a.”shooting your shot”

Many years ago, I had the pleasure of coming across the work of Richard Idemon, an Astrologer who passed away in 1987. I picked up a copy of his book “Through The Looking GlassA Search For The Self In The Mirror of Relationships.”

One of the first ideas which captured my attention was that of our most fundamental need in human relationships being the re-validation of our basic myths. 

We all have a “story”, or mythology of sorts that we carry around with us. This basic psychic ground is a significant contributor to our sense of self.  As a result, the patterns which we consciously or unconsciously create are those which are going to keep co-signing on our basic myth.

Those relationships which we may feel less comfortable, or even highly unsettled are those which challenge our basic ground.

However, if growth and evolution in relationships is what we truly seek, we must ultimately head in this direction.

There is an excellent example given in this book regarding the physical territory of animals, which can directly be applied to the psychic territory of human beings.

All animals have a basic physical territory that they will not deviate from. Even when chased by a larger, more fierce animal, which is sure to eat them alive, they will not leave this territory. In fact, the animal in question will run until he/she can’t run anymore and double back into the jaws of the pursuing animal rather than leave it’s comfort zone.

If we apply this same logic and scenario to our human relationships, we now see that most of us would rather be “eaten alive” psychically largely due to our need for safety. Pushing ourselves into the unknown constitutes a psychological death. So, in our discomfort, we resist change with all our might.

What we may have failed to realize is that we won’t be able to evolve into any relationship which does not support our existing myths.

If our mythology casts us as unlovable, undeserving, fearful human beings, our relationship patterns can’t reflect anything else. The only people that we’re able to accept into our worlds at this time are going to be continual confirmers of that reality.

Even if genuine love hit us head on like a Mack truck, we would not realize it, nor could we appreciate it because of our insistence to clinging to these outmoded patterns.

It’s only when we decide to renovate and expand our personal mythology that we’re able to open our universe to a broader array of possibilities.

There are two examples given of very different relationship models. The first model is the static model and the second is the erotic model.

With the static model, the basic intent is to stay safe. To avoid risk.  As long as there are no major shake- ups, everything will be all right. “Mrs./Mr. Jones and I have been together for 30 years and everything is in it’s place just the way I like it.” However, the question remains: have you and Mrs./Mr. Jones really been together 30 years, or just one year 30 times over?

 The erotic model is far more riskybut the potential rewards are much greater.
 Having Venus in Aries natally, the erotic model of relationships is much better suited to your inclinations.
The question is: are you up for the challenge?
The prime goals of the erotic relationship model are: intimacy and growth, variety, openness to change, open communications, trust, varied and shifting roles, independence, and adult-adult relating. The author goes on to suggest that there are probably ten percent of people who have a sufficient amount of the erotic in their relationship to keep them on their toes; to have them aiming towards deep bonding and personal transformation. As you peruse this food for thought, it may help to take inventory of your personal relationships and ask yourself where you fall in the spectrum.
What are the primary goals of your relationships? What do the relationship patterns that you’ve attracted into your life say about your personal mythology and your basic groundDo you wish to embark on the journey of changing your myth? If you’re not entirely happy in where you stand in this area, please understand that you can  begin anew with a legend for yourself which reflects the highest possibilities for creating the types of relationships which will enhance the quality of your life and ultimately contribute to your personal satisfaction.

 

The shot is yours to take.

If you have Venus in Aries in your natal chart, your theme song is “Can’t Lose” by  Elzhi. You can listen right here:

*Reference: “Through The Looking Glass: A Search For The Self In The Mirror of Relationships.” by Richard Idemon

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Venus in Capricorn: “Undefended Love”

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As we explore the structure that’s Venus in Capricorn, we do so with the understanding that Venus can’t be reduced or limited exclusively to “love” in one’s birth chart. There are far more associations which accompany the planet. However, for the purpose of this particular article, one’s idea of love, as viewed through the Venus in Capricorn lens, will be emphasized.

For individuals with the natal placement of Venus in Capricorn, Love is solid; you can take it to the bank. Love is enduring . Love is order. Love is structure. There are “rules” to love. Love is responsibility. Love is commitment. Love is a test. Love is integrity. Love is discipline. Love is work. Love is maturity, and like fine wine, gets better with time.

Love is the neutralizing of one’s defense mechanisms in order to open up the heart space.  In the words of Edwin Louis Cole:

“Boundaries are meant to protect life, not to limit pleasures.”

Two essential developmental questions for those with Venus placed in Capricorn would be: (1) What are my ultimate responsibilities in regard to my intimate relationships and (2) How can I become a model of integrity in my relationships allowing thought, word and deed to masterfully align?

It’s clear that this is a serious situation when the fulfilling of Venus’ relating needs are sought by way of the Saturn-ruled Capricorn environment. However, in this case, serious merely means that it requires immediate and skillful attention.

Contained in this placement, is an overarching strength in understanding the importance of delayed gratification and the awareness that REAL and ORGANIC relationship processes take TIME and WORK. If there’s anyone capable of sustaining long-term relationships, it is you.

In order to successfully navigate this placement, one must be willing to exert the necessary effort towards fostering which will likely be fewer relationships (as compared to many) of quality, substance and depth.

The focus here is not light and unfettered social butterfly-ism (see the elaboration of Robert Greene’s rule 16 in his “48 Laws of Power, which states that “too much circulation makes the price go down.”), but rather the establishment of solid foundations with others that build bridges of trust, honesty and mutual respect.

To facilitate this process, it’s key to understand the all important part that the lowering of one’s defenses and self-revelation plays in its overall effectiveness. For Venus in Capricorn, the thawing of a natural reserve can be difficult for a few reasons.

Concerning the more maladaptive expressions of Venus in Capricorn, Astrologer Jeffrey Wolf Green introduces a possible theory which outlines delayed emotional development and an intense blockage, constriction and compression of one’s feelings, as a result of induced guilt from the parental relationship:

“The Venus in Capricorn person has typically been born into family structures in which the parental reality has been defined by the consensus of the society in which they live. Consequently, the parental reality has typically had a heavy undertone in which the child has been expected to conform to the parental value system. When the child deviated from these expectations to conform, he or she was made to feel guilty in covert or overt ways through the use of judgment. A related dynamic within the general pattern of expectation to conform to parental values is one wherein the parents have projected on the child a rigid code of conduct that the child is expected to adhere to even when the parents themselves do not. The cliché “Do as I say, not as I do applies here.”

What can be gathered from this is that the Venus in Capricorn individual may have witnessed, and or been a part of an environment where vulnerability, open affection and free relating were not top priorities, but rather ” conditional love from a distance” and an authoritarian stance reigned supreme.

When we consider how this may filter into ones intimate relationships at worst, we arrive at an unremarkable need to “manage” one’s image and relationships borne out of an excessive fear of rejection or feeling inadequately “prepared” to participate in relationships. The compensation for this is to view relationships as a “game” where strategic moves, or having a “one up” carry more value than a mutual sharing of intimate feelings and thoughts.

Nevertheless, for those with Venus in Capricorn the universe’s call is for them to participate in the process of “undefended love”, a term coined by Marlena Lyons and Jett Psaris:

“Intimacy-direct, unmediated, heart-to-heart connection with ourselves and with others-can only occur when the heart is undefended. To cut through our personal differences, to reach the unveiled part of ourselves that is deep enough to express the most profound and untamed aspects of our being means learning how to love and be loved without defenses and without obstructions. It means cultivating the capacity to be emotionally present even when we feel exposed or vulnerable; learning to relinquish the many strategies we have employed to feel safe and in control; and finding the courage to love without guarantees or requirements.”

Like anything else, these things take time. So, it wouldn’t be fitting with the Saturn and Capricorn archetype, if one was expected to snap into this mode of being overnight. However, the greater lesson which can be learned through conscious and active participation with this placement is :

When you, the Venus in Capricorn individual, keep your heart open, you’re able to continue an unrestricted conversation with the source which moves you toward loving and constructive actions as well as healthy choices which will nourish you emotionally.

It’s important for you to keep your “feeling portals” open, as well as your mind, and to be consistently receptive to the myriad of life’s experiences.

Developing an inner dialogue with yourself allows you to stay in the “driver’s seat” and define your own experiences and attitudes when it comes to life, love, and relationships.

If you allow unpleasant experiences with one (or more) individual(s) to control the manner in which you live and love moving forward, you’ve essentially “given up the wheel” in favor of living in perpetual fear and doubt.

It’s vital that through your growth you increase your awareness.

And, it’s gravely important for you to avoid using temporarily unfavorable outcomes as a platform for beating up on yourself. A more constructive move would be to combine your newly discovered insights with your inner wisdom and allow the synthesis to reflect in your unique life perspectives moving forward.

Even through your pain and heartbreak you will discover a marvelous teacher. Pain shows us where our limits are, allowing us to say “ouch”.

If nothing led you to this point, how would you know what hurts? Better yet, how would you know when enough is enough?

As horrible as you may have felt (or may be feeling) during trying times, if you wish to fully participate in life and loving in the most authentic sense, sooner or later, you must risk the same painful emotions resurfacing in your life.

You could possibly spend the rest of your days attempting to employ more sophisticated tactics of pain avoidance, projection, self-protection, and the like. However, by all indicators, this is not what you truly desire to do.

With Venus in Capricorn, one of the best case scenarios is that you’ll arrive in a place which demonstrates that neither genuine honesty and vulnerability or healthy human boundaries restrict you from experiencing the love and relationships you crave and deserve.

It is through these boundaries that you maintain and preserve your self-love and respect while simultaneously allowing yourself to reach out and offer the key to your heart, as a sacred gift, to another.

If you have Venus in Capricorn in your birth Chart, your theme song is “Garden (Say it Like Dat)” by SZA. You can listen right here:

References: “Undefended Love” by Jett Psaris and Marlena Lyons. “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene. “Pluto Volume 2: The Soul’s Evolution Through Relationships” by Jeffrey Wolf Green

Sex and The Planets: Mercury

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Concerning the intersection of Sex and Astrology, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to learn more and more every day.  The broader my understanding unfolds, the more I’m arriving at the perspective that sex can be related to many parts of our birth charts in one way or another. Traditionally, Sex is a 5th house concept. However, when looking at the planets as part of one’s sexual profile, I believe that each one can symbolize an important ingredient in the recipe that we all know as sex.

When we specifically look at Mercury and how it relates to sex, we veer off into the realms of curiosity and communication. Mercury is swift, with an amoral quality; doing things JUST for the sake of doing them, trying anything once (and multiple times if they like it); classifying and gathering information. The speed at which the planet moves is symbolic of the penchant of mercurial individuals to keep going, devoid of reflection concerning if what they’re doing is particularly “good” or “bad”, or socially acceptable.

With Mercurial individuals, we have the “tinkering” and experimenting mentality where they’re playing the role of both participant and observer: gathering raw data, analyzing, measuring responses and formulating techniques. The question becomes: “If I do THIS, like THAT, what type of feedback will I get?”

For those involved with “Mercurial” sex individuals, the experience could be particularly pleasurable if you like vocabulary, details, precise descriptions, i.e.; someone explaining what it is that they’re doing to you RIGHT at the moment it’s taking place, or the “play by play”.

Or, on the other side of the coin, one could feel like a “lab rat” of sorts and only there to be another statistic or example of how certain sexual acts can elicit certain sounds or facial expressions.

As I’ve remarked before, where Mercurial individuals and sex are concerned, there could be sexual arousal associated with the sharing of ideas, conversations, linguistics, and people that are considered intellectuals- irrespective of one’s physical appearance.  Also, there may be excitement around “naming” related to specific body parts as related to sex.

When we look at specific sexual scenarios involving Mercury, we make a turn into the territory of things that are cerebral and communication oriented in nature: The writing of erotica, phone sex with detailed descriptions of sexual acts, scenarios like the “bad” librarian or school teacher, the naughty researcher or journalist, situations that involve bisexuality and polyamory, extended foreplay, or sex with multiple partners without a heavy emotional attachment.

In future articles, We’ll cover how Mercury’s combination with other planets flavors these sexual ideas and activities.

 

Sagittarian Mind Consulting: The Mission Statement

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For those who may not be familiar with me or my blog, I’ve been a practicing Counseling Astrologer for nine years and counting.

One of the questions which proves to be ever pervasive in my mind is related to what will become of Astrology in the world’s ever-changing state.

I often think about the future of what I consider to be one of the most comprehensive and versatile systems of human development.

As a Counselor who utilizes Astrology, my mission consists of communicating life-enhancing concepts in a practical and concrete language which is accessible to the layperson.

Sagittarian Mind Consulting brings a broad-minded, emotionally intelligent approach to Astrological counseling while facilitating growth strategies for clients.

In my mind, there’s no reason to engage in ultra-esoteric, other-worldly pontification when clients want to be helped right here on earth.

My mission also consists of assisting others on their quest for self-discovery and a more holistic understanding of their inner dynamics, as well as taking into consideration the all-important cultural and environmental factors which influence their external world.

I aspire to be the best guide possible when exploring the parts of the individual psyche which require integration and synthesis for the development of the total person. I  draw not only from  experience with Astrology, but also life experience, as I’m also an educator, writer, and human resources professional.

It’s important to me that I help open doors for others to locate the place within which helps them to obtain a more multi-leveled and expansive view of themselves as well as advance their interests and address their challenges.

To grasp a larger sense of their ultimate life purpose and realize how their route of fulfillment is intimately interconnected to the cosmos is my ultimate aim.

Not only do I want others to realize their life has a special meaning, but I also wish to distribute the message that our lives are ultimately about the meaning which WE assign to it.

Astrology is about how we may work in tune with the universe to blend our separate fragments into a whole. How we join forces with the all to form a powerful and unified entity.

My mission consists of getting the word out that Astrology is only as reductive as we allow it to be. The signs, planets, houses and aspects don’t “make” us anything. It’s our personal responsibility to infuse purpose into every set of instructions contained within our birth maps.

We’re not stuck in a proverbial box, or symbolically held hostage by a zodiac sign telling us we have no behavioral options outside of the astrological cookbook variety.

In actuality, the entire universe containing ALL of the signs and planets is INSIDE and OUTSIDE of us ready and willing to be used as a resource for our growth and development.

THIS is the type of Astrology that I am honored to use in my Counseling practice.

In addition, while i love studying & practicing astrology, let me be clear that: astrology is only ONE type of lens through which we can view things, and it’s also far from being the ONLY one.

I’ve dedicated myself to the propagation of this philosophy and accepted my instructions from the universe of uplifting my fellow human beings in their quest toward liberation and constructing the big and important questions which require deep self-reflection.

It’s an honor and a pleasure to serve, and thank you for you support.