Virgo Sun, Gemini Moon

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Here, we have a combination geared toward the life of the mind and the propagation of ideas. Elementally, with earth and air, there’s a researcher present which seeks practical findings and results.  The mutability of this combination suggests a penchant for adjusting oneself to changing circumstances and possibly thriving while doing so.

The potential for strength of intellect is clear.  There’s a need to pursue certain lines of thought just for the sake of satiating curiosity, while one is ultimately illuminated through analysis and that which one can measure. This has the makings of a fruitful combination if the lines of scientific thought blend well with a youthful and experimental openness.

One’s life’s work is the pulling apart of components in order to hold them to the light. This critical scrutiny is designed to assess ways in which a person, idea or system can function in a healthier, more streamlined manner.

With this blend, one’s core needs are centered around learning that comes with variety. There’s a feeling of being “at home” with dualities and competing perspectives.  Playing the role of detached observer comes naturally, but it can also bring challenges in situations where a more personal touch is needed.

In synthesis, these solar and lunar components can produce the expert linguist, where speech is refined and exact; an uncanny ability to describe, with pure precision, what one sees and experiences. It can be said that “learning is your craft”, as categorization  and classification nourish the deepest part of yourself.

It’s important to make room for a broad, overarching framework in which to place your findings. Otherwise, you could easily suffer from having ingested too much with no way to use it. Also, a gentle reminder that there’s a difference between data and people always helps, as it’s important to curb the tendency of the “white coat, lab rat” syndrome where your prize is an illusory “objectivity” , which can cost you what would otherwise be significant relationships in your life.

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Virgo Sun, Aries Moon

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To be precisely who and what you are without fear, doubt or trepidation is a major part of your life’s work. As we examine your Sun/Moon blend, we realize that you require those experiences which activate your courage and self-assertion. Deep down inside there’s a feeling of wanting to be “on top”. In fact, the adrenaline rush that comes with testing yourself is a form of nutrition.  Warrior-hood is embedded in your emotional framework, and it’s important to generate that part of you without thinking that the “product” has to be finished even before it starts.

With a Virgo Sun and Aries Moon, the work of personal improvement is done through resolute action and exposing oneself to challenge. When you engage life “head to head”, you actually have the opportunity to refine your mission and sharpen your steel.  In your maladaptive form, the thought of initiating something brings on anxiety and you leave yourself vulnerable to being “other” directed.

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Taurus Sun, Aquarius Moon

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Your Sun/Moon combination calls for the expression of your uniqueness in a solid and tangible way. In other words, you must be about what you say you’re about.

In this combination, we see a fixed sense of purpose.  The work of personal stability is achieved through accepting one’s inner rebel with open arms.

Humanitarian pursuits emerge as an effective outlet for this massive center of energy. Being that these signs have a relationship which contains developmental tension, there’s a natural friction between the need to “roll the dice” and the tendency to hedge your bets.

Your emotional needs are of the revolutionary sort, as it’s important that you’re continuously seeking to liberate yourself from societal boxes which  you were never equipped to fit into. It’s essential that you find productive outlets for your aggression, which can build up and contribute to hair-trigger arguments with others, and more importantly- YOURSELF.

Your sense of peace is found through unflinchingly questioning the concepts that surround conformity and asking and answering the tough questions about your involvement  and how to structure your earthly existence so it TRULY belongs to you.

In this combination, there’s potential for the change agent within to produce REAL and tangible results. Your aspirations for reform have a practical bent and this aligns beautifully with your cosmic signature.

Taurus Sun, Virgo Moon

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Within this earth laden combination, the work of creating value in one’s life is done through precision, analysis and paying attention to not only one’s external landscape, but also the emotional body. To keep serenity and peace flowing through one’s life, honest and elaborate self-checks are required.

Societally, this combination suggests one who has potential to find the perfect moments to make an impact which adds to a more streamlined and healthy functioning to whatever they touch.

In your chart, there’s a pronounced need for critical thought. You’ll find that the more you delve into it, the more solid that you’ll feel. Making the choice to address your inner critic in a forthright, no-nonsense manner is an important step which you need to take for your optimal functioning. There’s a common sense wisdom contained in this combination, which is inclined to keep life natural and pure, filtering out extraneous additives and preservatives.

Patience is well honed in your combination, as is the ability to dot all of ones I’s and cross all of one’s T’s  in the name of iron-clad material security. You will need to find a way to examine your feelings about venturing into new territory when it comes to your growth.

In its maladaptive form,  this sun/moon combination suggests both rigidity and a compulsion surrounding it. A possible lesson to be learned is that change and shift are part of the world we live in, and that comfort shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as a barometer of one’s progress.

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Capricorn Sun, Pisces Moon

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In the case of the Capricorn Sun/Pisces Moon blend, inspiration that leads to perspiration and the establishing of concrete structures is the first concept that comes to mind.

Here, we have one whose ambition and life’s work to build something that stands the test of time reflected through a personality that needs to dream and be inspired. In examining this combination, some developmental lessons to consider are: in order for “creative visualization” to be truly CREATIVE, there must eventually be something to show for it. Also, there will no doubt be times where you must keep your nose to the grindstone and climb your mountain alone, without feeling any particular brand of inspiration. The sooner you realize that life’s reality is sometimes painstaking and mundane, the better. You’re not going to be able to thrive exclusively on “good feelings” or a perpetual high.

As an extension of the same lesson, it’s important to realize that just because you’re not doing anything in particular or able to label yourself incessantly busy doesn’t mean that nothing is happening or getting accomplished. The invisible forces that permeate your life must be given space to breathe and work. For you, solitude is a necessity from both the vantage points of strategizing and an intermittent “zoning out”. However, reasonable limits must be applied for maximum effectiveness.

Because hard work fuels the engine you’re equipped with, it will always be in the picture, as will themes of patience and delayed gratification. To gracefully accept this without feeling like you’re giving up on your dreams and to also, resist wallowing in self-pity or woeful tales of sacrifice can prove to be a colossal step in your maturation process.

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Capricorn Sun, Cancer Moon

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The developmental potential that exists in this solar/lunar combination can be realized through linking one’s emotional intelligence with their ambitions. This requires a successful navigation of one’s axis of personal security.  Through the recognition and nurturing of the full spectrum of one’s inner landscape, public recognition and status can be more effectively pursued.

One of the most crucial keys is to use feelings as an informant. While not necessarily indicating the entire picture, they are certainly a stimulus for further investigation. The greater the knowledge gained, the better your chances for being able to “make things happen” as indicated by the fuel of administration that propels your life force.

Your “education of the heart” comes in the “help me to help you” variety. For you, there’s liberation in realizing that ultimately, people are accountable for their own choices and responses to life. Your “fall back” as a reactive pattern is to use imaginary obligations as an excuse to avoid personal evolution.

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Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon

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For those with this Sun/Moon combination, a portion of your liberation rests in taking the risk that deviating from the norm isn’t, in itself, a negative concept. In fact, the word “deviance” is simply defined as :

“The fact or state of departing from usual or accepted standards.”

For you, it can’t be stressed enough, not to confuse equality with sameness.

Your internal dialogue needs no outward sources of motivation as there is always some type of “competition” to be better, and more of what you are attempting to push itself toward fruition.  The prescription for your growth comes embedded in the realization that the emotional need to battle or wage war must be constructively directed and connected to something that’s much larger than yourself.

Simultaneously, there’s the recognition that you’re nobody’s clone and a generous portion of your own flavoring must be added to all that you do. It will certainly prove helpful to analyze to what ends your rebellion serves. An honest assessment should guide you toward the tempering or intensification of your behavior. It’s worth remembering that there’s a fine line between one who skillfully questions societal convention with a definite purpose and strategy in mind and a “crackpot revolutionary”, who’s hell-bent on operating half-cocked just to prove she or he isn’t “like the rest of us.”

Being able to make the distinction between emotional engagement and emotional entanglement is a crucial step in your development. It’s essential to neutralize erroneous beliefs surrounding your ability to feel, and that feeling working to your advantage.

Passion and strength of conviction are specific and necessary instruments of power and reflectors needed in your personality to accomplish your work of radical change and emancipation of self and others.

Dr. Amos Wilson & Making Astrology Practical

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Arguably, in this day and age, we have access to more information than ever before regarding spirituality, holistic health practices, and various tools for evolution and self development such as astrology, tarot, feng shui, meditation techniques, dream work and astral projection.

Because we’re faced with such a wide variety of options, it’s of paramount importance to employ our powers of critical analysis and discrimination wisely.

We would be selling ourselves and our brains short if we hopped on every bandwagon which proclaims “peace, love and light”, or followed every trail of incense smoke, complete with shea butter rubdowns and wheat grass shots.

It’s absolutely essential that we trust our inner voices when confronted with bundles of rhetoric which do not encourage any behavioral changes, yet are cosmetically and aesthetically pleasing.

I quote from the esteemed ancestor and brilliant psychologist Dr. Amos Wilson:

“There is nothing wrong with using the astrologies, the esoteric religions and using the moons and planets as guides for our behavior; but let us not become obsessed with them to such a degree that we do nothing else.”

No matter how much we engage in meditation, chanting and the like, chances are, there’s a tangible physical reality which we must be fully present for every day. The concrete world requires our participation.

Whether it’s our rent, or a 15 page paper that’s due, organization of ourselves is key. I would be willing to bet that our landlord or professor doesn’t take “Oms” as a form of compensation or completed work.

Spirituality is all encompassing. It permeates every aspect of our being. Because we’re spiritual people, it doesn’t mean we don’t curse, fight, have sex, or become angry.

In fact, I would make the case that one of the true aims of spirituality is to locate an organized center within ourselves and integrate our many dimensions by finding constructive outlets for our various facets to thrive.

As spiritual beings, we’re not going to float away in euphoric bliss and project ourselves into a dimension which will alleviate us from earthly responsibilities.

We may even have to appear ruthless at times. Eliminating people from our lives and severing the ties of situations which are blocking our growth. Distancing ourselves from unhealthy relationships physically, emotionally and psychologically by any means necessary.

True spirituality strengthens and enhances us. It doesn’t convert us in to passive people who advocate peace at any cost. Sometimes we have to go to war with the “monster”, relegating it to it’s proper place in our lives.

Thinking for ourselves regarding spiritual concepts merits very serious consideration. Hopefully, we’re all seeking to evolve and create physical, tangible evidence through our actions to show us that we’re doing so.

We know that it’s not enough to exclude analyzing the way we act in favor of the external trinkets, dress, diet or language which we think “enlightened” people abide by, yet misusing these resources as “props” to divert attention from the lack of desire to positively change our behavior.

I quote again from Dr. Wilson

“Why not demonstrate the effectiveness of what you’re talking about in your own behavior, life and therefore be a beacon to other people? Demonstrate through your life-behavior and habits the effectiveness of your ideologies religions and concepts?”

The question then becomes:

What is my behavior saying about me? What am I teaching others about my views on spirituality through my actions?

There are many tools of development, when used in a constructive manner, which can greatly enhance the quality of our lives.

However, if we show little to no concern about staying focused on our true intentions of self-improvement, the same systems lead to the evasion of concrete reality. Avoidance from the fundamental concept stated so eloquently by the African proverb:

“When deeds speak, words are meaningless.”                           

*Notes: Excerpt from a lecture delivered by Dr. Amos Wilson at the Marcus Garvey Senior Citizen Center, Brooklyn, NY (1985 )                                

Planetary Portraits: Neptune In the 1st House : “The Dreamer”

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The Dreamer.

Yes, the world needs your inspired visions, and with Neptune located in the 1st house, it’s suggested that you can project a transcendental idealism forward for everyone to witness. In fact, you may wear it right on your sleeve.

With such a well-developed sensitivity, such a strong identification with the collective can be a double edged sword.

On the “pro” side, empathizing with others is second nature.

The capacity to emotionally absorb assists you in easily placing yourself in another’s shoes. As a “con” the potential is there for you to easily become so immersed in the issues of others that it stifles your creativity and drains you of your life force. Picture witnessing someone sinking in quicksand, you feel their pain, so you run to help. However, before you know it you’ve allowed that person to pull you right down in with them. Now, no one can prosper from the situation.

This placement suggests a presence that’s ethereal, for lack of a better word. Some could see you as an angel walking on two feet. Your openness to life and boundless imagination are resources which can assist you in developing the ability to poeticize life; to use symbolism to convey your hopes for a better world. You’re one of the people that we look to for lofty ideals and elevated concepts.

Your psychic openness must have some type of boundary, and remember: there’s just as much responsibility on YOU, as there is anyone else, for allowing your plentiful energy reservoirs to be tapped and depleted.

Boundaries are designed to protect life.

Dream on, and keep us all informed.

Planetary Portraits: Saturn In The 3rd House: Master Teacher

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The “steel trap” mind.

With Saturn located in the natal 3rd House, authority and mastery have the potential to be applied in the life arenas of teaching and learning.

In these fields of experience, you can become a subject matter expert, producing thought and speech of the highest quality.

To actualize the possibilities of this placement takes FOCUS.

The result can be mental maturity and clarity which has come though considerable deliberation.

You’re being asked to speak responsibly and realistically in your everyday life. Any research which you undertake should be thorough for best results.

It’s a misuse of this placement to allow fear and doubt of your intellectual capabilities to prevent you from expressing yourself. Chances are, you definitely have something to say and you don’t have to sacrifice accuracy for speed. It’s the quality and the weight of your words which will have the ultimate effect on your success.

Concrete solutions to complex problems are in your grasp. You can bring the most esoteric and profound concepts down to earth so the layperson can relate. It’s important that the people in your immediate environment are clear on the basic tenets of your ideas.

Potential for a strongly retentive mind is suggested with Saturn in the 3rd house, as you can build a solid database to access for practical use in the material world, fusing knowledge and wisdom and information and understanding.