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 Importance of Loving Our Astrological Makeup : “All The Stars”

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“The most common form of despair is not being who you are” – Soren Kierkegaard

With the flurry of astrological information circulating the internet, making the distinction between what is valuable, helpful and potentially injurious can be a labor intensive process. If you’re wide-eyed, bushy tailed and have just discovered Astrology it can be particularly off putting to read a random article on a website which says you’re destined to live your life in dire straits or emotional bondage because of a placement or aspect in your birth chart.

In fact, based on the feedback I receive on a regular basis, the manner in which Astrology as a whole is characterized and presented can significantly impact the cosmological lens through which we process information.

Astrology which is inclined to shock or create a fearful emotional response can leave a person believing that they’re like a puppet : resigned to the fate of the stars, just biding their time on earth, susceptible to the wrath of certain transits or “no-win” situations regarding their chart.

With this in  mind, the next step is often a psychological attempt to denounce one’s cosmic makeup;  to wish that we had an entirely different birth chart than the one that we’re blessed with.

Damage control begins. Instead of seeking the most honest and accurate depiction of ourselves and leaving room for growth and self- discovery, we may attempt to “adjust” our charts toward the interpretations that we’ve found that “aren’t so bad”, or use the house system which doesn’t necessarily depict our current reality, but contains placements that now seem to distance us from  or soften someone else’s largely negative and hazardous interpretations.

I want to make it clear that I’m an advocate of people loving their birth charts. Whatever gifts, challenges and dilemmas which are present are meant to assist you on your journey to developing into a more complete human being. When we wish for our birth chart to “be like someone else’s” because of what we’ve read on the web regarding “good” and “bad” placements or aspects, exaltations, falls, detriments and the like, we rob ourselves and the world of a unique synthesis and expression of cosmic energy.

I can’t place enough emphasis on accepting the gift that the universe has brought you.

Once we’re able to “step into” our birth charts with loving acceptance, and  without the voice of harsh criticism or judgment, an entirely new door window of potentials will make themselves known. After acceptance, we begin seeking information and knowledge which is conducive to building us up, not tearing us down. We can certainly become aware of our own challenges and limitations as human beings without loathing our astrological makeups.

When it comes down to it, it’s really a matter of choice. We can choose to dwell on the “woe is me” interpretations that are around virtually every corner, or we can take a different route which seeks meaning and brings a sense of order to our lives.

I encourage you to be aware of the potential dysfunctions of planetary placements and aspects, but also understand that there’s another side where these SAME placements and aspects can be directed in a manner which accelerates growth and produces maturity so that we may lead richer, more multi-dimensional lives.

The universe loves you. Love it back.

All the stars are closer:

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Moon-Ascendant Aspects

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Those with Lunar aspects to the Ascendant in the natal chart tend to involve acute perception, self-protection, intuition and emotional security needs as ingredients in processing their life experience.

Their strength resides in a deep awareness of the “fields of energy” that may surround them at the time. An example would be: they could potentially walk right into a room and feel the “vibe”, whether that’s joy, animosity, anger or lightheartedness. With this aspect reigning in one’s chart, a person would need to come to terms with these facets of their being and cease feeling like they have to explain to other people why they have a gut feeling, or to why they’ve decided to follow the guidance of their inner promptings.

While the Moon-Ascendant person is forever filtering their experiences on the basis of searching for “safe ground”, they’re perfectly capable of providing a secure, intimate space for other people to feel understood and fully listened to in a non-judgmental manner that exudes a warm and caring touch.

The developmental potential here is rooted in the premise that other people will open up to you based on their comfort level and you may be able to extract genuine responses from others couldn’t because your strategies lend themselves toward encouraging confiding and revealing confidences.

An often overlooked component of the Moon is its relation to roots, culture, heritage and ethnicity. With a connection to the Ascendant, these factors could also flavor the way that you perceive the world around you.

For example: if you’re an African-American Woman, you may find a need to incorporate that “lens” into the way that you see the world and this may be a necessary frame of reference from which all of the information that you contact is evaluated. (This example can surely be extended outside of this context, so feel free to insert examples which suit your particular situation).

When  integrated in a healthy manner, those with this aspect have projected themselves into the world with warmth and as someone who truly cares about people. The challenge comes with understanding the need to preserve one’s emotional resources as to have some left for the self-care that is an essential ingredient to one’s health.

Problems arise when you feel depleted because you’ve given support and time so extensively and begin to feel like so little has been extended to you in return.  The message here is that ultimately, your security base must be your own inner core.

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Aries Sun, Capricorn Moon

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In this world of shortcuts and quick fixes, we’re constantly being sold a narrative that we can get something for nothing. “Buy Now!! Pay Later!!” , is what the billboard reads. Or, the “go to” phrase of “work smarter, not harder” has permeated our psyches.  This isn’t to say that there’s no validity in handling tasks efficiently, or employing strategies that assist in maximum productivity. However, with all of this taken in consideration there’s still an understanding that someone has to get their hands dirty and do the actual WORK.

That someone is YOU.

What ignites your spirit and maintains your vitality, is the thought of making a significant impact in the world. Hence, your ultimate goal is to make a bold statement which puts an exclamation point on your right to exist and thrive as a human being. This work is done by owning your emotional need to achieve, and produce something tangible that you can constantly use, as a life structure, which reflects the diligence of your efforts.  The optimal environment for you to embark on this mission is one that contains strategies, organization, discipline, integrity and mastery as essential ingredients.

To understand that, in the world of goals, anything worth having rarely comes fast or easy, is something that you’ll need to file away both mentally and emotionally, and refer to often. Instituting the “love of labor” is a practice which can set you apart from other people, which is where you want to be. The more you’re able to “throw your hat into the ring”, with tasks and experiences that summon courage and calculated risk, the more life energy you’ll acquire.

In addition, it’s extremely important to banish the demons of fear and doubt which will attempt to tap you on the shoulder and tell you that something is wrong with you and you’re “behind the rest of us” because you’ve made the conscious choice to put in the work to get what you want. Remember: your efforts are designed to stand the test of time. If your work is solid now, the foundation which you’ve produced won’t be shaken by the first passing breeze or even more severe storms.

With your Sun/Moon combination, another valuable theme for you will be opening the door to that part of yourself which is “in charge”, and able to handle people and things. All too often, we project these qualities on others only to say: “I wish I was like that.” Or, “If only I possessed that type of assertiveness and bravery.”

GUESS WHAT?  You merely need to locate it.

Part of your work here is to allow yourself permission to desire: to want what you want without shame or guilt. After all, you have both the Sun and Moon in Cardinal signs. There’s an initiating,  spearheading and driving quality to Cardinal signs, complete with a goal-orientation.

Combining the innate enthusiasm and passion of fire and the persistence and common sense of earth, you can create a recipe for someone whose achievements, along with the life they’ve built for themselves carries the torch of endurance and valor.

There’s not much mystery in your music here, as your Sun/Moon theme song is “Work” by Gang Starr. You can listen to it right here:

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Aquarius Sun, Aries Moon: “Revolutionary Warfare”

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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.

Check out “Revolutionary Warfare” by Nas:

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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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Aries Sun, Virgo Moon : “Bravebird”

You’re a bravebird
Of the rarest kind
You may be one of the walking wounded
But still you fly
You’re a bravebird
You put yourself on the line
When you shared your secret with the world
You saved another mother’s child

 

Within this solar/lunar arsenal the message is clear: you can’t paralyze yourself by waiting for conditions to be “perfect” before you take action.  Your fuel is self-assertion and plunging yourself into experiences which illicit courage of the highest order. The only question is: will you accept the challenge?

The emotional need of the Virgo Moon is to clear out the cobwebs and eliminate any impediments to taking bold action and making an impact in the world. This includes taking risks which put your “comfort” on the line.

Essentially, to shine as a leader and pioneer you need to be acutely aware of what is and isn’t functioning properly.

With this combination, the head and the gut can work together as mutual informers. To make calculated and measured assessments is wise for you, but not to the point where  you talk yourself out of following through on your plans. It’s important that you realize that life holds no guarantees that your efforts will be justly rewarded or rewarded at all for that matter.

In the face of this knowledge, you have an opportunity to actively participate in life and say that you left it all on the playing field as opposed to being the “armchair quarterback” who critiques the moves and decisions of others , but because of fear, anxiety and a relentless inner critic never allows  her/himself to discover the stuff of which they’re truly made.

Roll the dice.

As an Aries Sun, Virgo Moon, Your theme song is Amel Larrieux’s “Bravebird”.  You can listen here:

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Pisces Sun, Libra Moon :”Everything Man”

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Within this combination, the need for personal refinement and gentility is wed with aspirations of merging with an entity greater than oneself through artistic endeavors.

Your energy for self-expression is collected in a private space. The inner life is of utmost importance. You’re constantly engaged in your lifetime homework of discovering the unifying cords which permeate our existence.

You have an emotional need to bring beauty into the world, but may struggle because of questioning whether your sense of aesthetic appreciation is acceptable to others. After all, establishing harmony and win-win situations is your forte.

Visionary ideals that are all inclusive inspire you. Personal relationships are viewed in the context of everyone’s membership in the human family. Quality associations with progressive, creative souls can provide invaluable assistance in connecting to your own spiritual power source.

To maintain your vitality, it’s essential that you look at your life as a blank canvas, painting lines and contours which reflect your unique worldview. Your highly developed sense of intuition can serve you as a guide.

Allowing yourself to become immersed in the “flow” of life while avoiding the trap of using your head or heart exclusively, promotes your equilibrium.

What you’re really trying to accomplish is to paint a clear portrait of whatever your inner landscape is at the time and offer it as a gift to the world.

It’s important to keep in mind that exploring your connection to life not only consists of cohesive factors, but also how you’re distinctly and decidedly YOURSELF.

Lack of concrete boundaries and an overfunctioning need for approval can emerge as your achilles heel if sufficient effort isn’t expended in cultivating a solid sense of identity.

There’s a difference between displaying fluidity, which helps you adapt to others, and neglecting your need for personal autonomy.

With this Sun/Moon combination, your theme song is Talib Kweli’s “Everything Man”. 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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Sagittarius Sun, Scorpio Moon : “Stakes is High”

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Freedom and passion.

Not at all an unlikely pairing of needs . However, one could easily see how there could be a challenge to integrate both when involved with another individual.

The two needs would definitely have to negotiate with one another and come to a reasonable agreement . At least for that moment, or day in time.

Let’s  explore for a moment how this blend of a Sagittarius Sun and Scorpio Moon could make a lifetime out of fusing the breadth and depth which is implied by these two requirements.

With the Sun in Sagittarius, the quest to unearth a truth which will highlight the vast cosmic order and provide you with an ever broadening life philosophy is what fuels you.

The adventures of intellectual influencehaving a profound effect on the way others thinkteaching, acquiring knowledge and wisdom and obtaining the foresight to predict outcomes based on what you’ve learned serves as a stimulus for your life energy.

Your Scorpio Moon borrows your shine and reflects it back creating a personality which needs to go deep.

Your reigning needs consist of a necessity to feel life’s experiences at their most profound levels. Piercing and penetrating the veils and leaving the surface levels of existence in the dust.

You’re nourished by immersing yourself in the transformative fires of conflict and intimacy so that you may emerge reborn, wiser and more powerful.

Once a Sagittarian has been bitten by the bug of truth, he or she can’t be stopped. In a style filled with missionary zeal, they aim their arrow at their targets straight and true hoping to capture what they need until their next quest.

This life thrust blends with the energy of the lunar Scorpion, who concentrates his/her emotional reserves in a very private and strategic way only to be released when it’s appropriate. So, whether you possess this planetary placement or you’re close to someone who does- know that the stakes are high and the goal is to live life as such.

Your theme song is : “Stakes is High” by De La Soul. You can listen here:

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