Saturn in the 1st House: “Becoming Unblocked”

If you have Saturn in the 1st house natally, your developmental task is the organization of self, which means to arrange all of your parts into a structured whole and develop  effective methods and purposes which surrounds your actions. You’re being asked by the universe to navigate life with solid and concrete intentions.

A room awaits you, filled with honor and recognition, and it’s just behind the brick wall.

The ringed planet is asking you to view yourself in your most realistic light and love that self that you see with a sense of permanence. With this placement, Saturnine principles are essential to the formation and development of your identity. Thus, accountability, self-reliance, responsibility, and work ethic need to be integrated into your life for the optimal flourishing of your person-hood.

A theme that looms large with this placement is that of claiming your own authority. To expound on that further, this means writing your own story, i.e. becoming the “author” of your life and ordering your own existence as you see fit.

It’s not that you’re necessarily rejecting input from others, but rather you’re learning to place yourself at the front and center of your life and be your own “go-to” person. Your “unblocking” manifests when you can neutralize or banish doubts surrounding issues of competence. Surely, you can model that concept for others.

A hesitancy to place yourself in front of the world may surface because of a fear of failure. However, it’s important to fully examine and understand the standards and values that you’ve used in formulating what that means to and FOR you.

The key to navigating this territory is to acknowledge your life as a step by step process which allows room for experimentation. Maintaining this type of perspective can result in a process of “toughening”, which shapes you into an individual who’s capable of placing the work you must do above concerns from your inner critic.

It’s essential to understand that it’s a reward to be in your position and it’s more of a matter of stepping into and claiming what’s already yours rather than a fervent striving to “arrive” at a certain place or stature.

For you, self-mastery is the ultimate result of navigating this placement successfully. Establishing an honest, grounded and solid foundation, which includes recognition of your strengths, challenges and limitations can lead to facing the world with wisdom, maturity and a finely honed sense of integrity.

In this way, you “self-credential” and come to the realization that measuring yourself according to external qualifications bears significantly less fruit than working with astute strategy and design in your chosen field(s) of endeavor.

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My Take on Astrology : “Speak To The People”

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When I write about Astrology, there are certain days when my desire is to be intricately technical and spell out the details of how certain placements and configurations may operate in the real world. NOW is NOT one of those times, and TODAY is not one of those days.

Today, I would much rather write about Astrology from a broad point of view. One which attempts to include, rather than exclude people. If there’s one thing that I’ve realized during my astrological career, it’s that people solicit our services because they seek insight on the challenges that they’re dealing with and they want that conveyed to them without a lot of pomp and circumstance or excessive jargon.

One of the practices that’s helped me immensely in life and career matters is a periodic re-focusing and re-dedicating to my vision. It’s the perfect day for me to reaffirm my commitment to providing meaningful Astrology to people without the bullshit that attempts to create some type of grand hierarchy or division between the Astrologer and the general public.

All of you out there who are reading this right now need to know that you’re capable of using the basics Astrology to affect constructive change in your own lives. I primarily consider myself to be a stimulus for thought who’s capable of asking questions which are needed to possibly open up another door for your inquiring minds.

Much of my writing are commentaries designed to stimulate thought and encourage you to do more extensive research on how particular placements may operate in your own lives. For me, the Counseling aspect looms just as largely as the actual Astrology. I want you to be able to take all of this information, along with the understanding that YOU bring to it, and assist you in making it REAL in your own lives.

When we speak about birth chart “potentials”, the reality is that they’re only so valuable as you being in the situation to capitalize on them.  Labeling you a “genius”, “sex goddess or god”, “ultra-intuitive” etc. can only really help you if you can actually channel that potential into something meaningful.

While some people have the luxury of having “better ” land or richer soil to assist in the growth and flourishing of their lives, there’s really nothing for us to get upset about.

There’s nothing wrong with giving ourselves a good once over and taking the realistic approach as to what our main ingredients are, as well as the quality of the “soil” that we’re currently planted in. Of course this may change over time, but it’s important that we consistently understand the raw materials which we’re dealing with.

While they have their own unique qualities, silver doesn’t pretend to be gold and a horse doesn’t pretend to be an elephant. We MUST make the best use out of what WE have and avoid becoming disgruntled because we feel that someone possesses something else that is rightfully ours. Once we determine to get on with the business of living in a “straight, no chaser”manner, the more we reclaim our time and can concentrate on distributing it for more profitable adventures.

Pluto In The 9th House : The Power of Beliefs

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Pluto, the Symbolism:

Astrologically, Pluto is small, yet potent.  Much of what Pluto stands for gets classified as simply the “dark”, even though most of us don’t even really know what that means and many times, we’re expected to and left stranded to figure it out. So, we literally become more confused about it and astrology in general.

Pluto symbolizes a state of deep, and often EXTREME change and catharsis. When we explore Plutonian themes, they’re usually ones which provoke heavy introspection, and also gut wrenching fear. In many cases, the exploration of Pluto stuff commands that we dig up what’s been buried and rejected because either we can’t seem to understand how to assess its meaning and value or we’re afraid of the powerful and triggering feelings that it elicits within us and we’d just rather look the other way and avoid speaking about what makes us uncomfortable.

Death, racism, sexism, sexual assault, the murdering of black women and men via police brutality, the wholesale abuses of power in business and government, child molestation, sex in general (and all of  its varieties and nuances), pornography, slavery, crime and corruption are just a sampling of the items on the Plutonian-like smorgasbord that are ready and waiting for us to dig into them. Somehow, our society thinks we should only whisper about these things and find our way back to Mayberry or Pleasantville because after all: we’re “good” people and none of these horrific sounding things could never link their way back to us. That’s all of those “other” people “out there”.

The 9th House : Searching for “God”

The ninth house, in Astrology is the domain of discourse in which we travel, both literally and metaphorically, in search of “God”. This is a highly personal adventure for each and every one of us. Ninth house themes deal largely with our belief systems and their formation, our quest for wisdom and philosophical cohesion, religion, education which takes us out of the realm of the “basic” and our immediate environment, the distribution of knowledge through publishing, teaching and lecturing,  and our voyage to gain a more panoramic understanding through material contained in pursuits such as astrology, divination, dreams, law and metaphysics.

The ninth house is the field of experience which represents the seeker, explorer, teacher, preacher, guru, philosopher, demagogue and missionary in all of us.

Pluto in the 9th House: The Placement

The lessons which come with having Pluto placed in the 9th House in one’s natal chart span far and wide. Whenever natal placements of ANY kind are examined, it’s ALWAYS a necessity to keep in mind that the manifestation of a placement in ACTION can be both constructive and maladaptive. So it’s never just ONE way. Many factors need to be considered. Two of the main ones being the level at which the particular person is living the contents of their birth chart and the particular society of which we’re a part.

If you have Pluto in the 9th house natally, perhaps it’s your calling to dig deeply and expose he deceit which is cloaked in our systems of “higher education”, religion and spirituality. Maybe enough is enough and you’ve decided that you would rather experience the tumultuous feelings that are inherent in such a journey than sit back and play like you don’t see anything happening in the world around us while declaring that everything is “just a state of mind.”

Here, your developmental process is about transforming your core through your journey to establish a cohesive and all-encompassing system of moving throughout the world. For best results, you can only do this by accepting the gut-level truth in what you find no matter how unsettling it happens to be. More than likely, you will find that this trip allows you to unearth resources that you didn’t realize that you had or have long forgotten about as well as exposes some naiveté on your part in taking a portion of people and the world in general at face value.

Part of your real education is to be able to master the art of discovering a truth and realizing that it’s simply yours without suffering from the “convince and convert” syndrome when it comes to others. It’s essential to honor the truth-seeking capacity in others as you’ve done for yourself. Ideally, whatever you’ve been fortunate enough to uncover should serve YOU and not the other way around.

Another instrumental phase of your Plutonian 9th house expedition can be to get to the bottom of parts of yourself which you’re currently labeling as undesirable or worthless. This is where it’s so important to realize the power of re-purposing. perhaps it’s not so much a matter of WHAT you feel that you are, but rather one which concerns HOW you’re using the certain elements of your personality that you feel are unacceptable. So, your M.O. may be to resist throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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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.

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 our world has ever seen.

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

In my mind, there’s no reason to engage in ultra-esoteric, other-worldly masturbation 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, consultant and human resources professional.

It’s important to me that I help open doors for others to locate the place within themselves 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.

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.

Astrological Aspects: The Basics Explained

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So…you’re relatively new to astrology. You know your sun sign and have recently learned about your moon sign and ascendant. You might have started delving into your individual planetary placements, and are now even discovering the astrological houses.

Another essential building block in your Astrological education which will serve you well, is becoming familiar with astrological aspects.

 Simply defined, aspects are planetary relationships.  You take two planets, hook them up and see how they get along. The synthesizing of this information brings  more flavor, detail and intricacy to our astrological interpretations.

A general astrological rule is : there are no isolated factorsSigns, planets and houses are always relating to one another in the context of an individual chart

I often comment that planetary relationships are very similar to interpersonal ones. Sometimes we come into contact with another person and we couldn’t ask for an interaction that’s more smooth and effortless.

There are also exchanges that aren’t nearly as comfortable. Maybe we’re forced to talk to a group of strangers that we have very little in common with. Or, we have such different perspectives that it creates an environment filled with tension.  The aforementioned describes the theory behind how aspects work.

How flowing, or challenging the planetary dynamics are is symbolized by the angular relationship.

In the larger sense, there are no “good” and “bad” aspects. The energy is neutral. This is not to say that every planetary interaction will be smooth sailing.  However, when two or more planets make contact with one another at a certain degree, the response and how you choose to utilize those combinations is largely up to you.

For example: At work, you might have a challenging relationship with your supervisor, because he/she is very demanding, precise and doesn’t tolerate any excuses. Is this bad? You may think so initially. However,  it’s quite possible that because of this interaction, you might find that you’ve become more adept, better organized and equipped to handle more responsibility.

Conversely, the receptionist in your building may be one of the most pleasant people who you’ve ever known. You can talk to him/her hours on end. There’s never a shortage of topics to discuss. Seems “good”, right? However, one day you might come to the conclusion that all of this talk never pushed you to do any productive work. Nice and easy, but no growth or results. Yet another clue to the workings of aspects.

There are both major and minor aspects. For the purpose of this discussion, I have chosen to concentrate on the majors: the conjunctionoppositionsquaretrine and sextile.

The Conjunction- 0 Degrees

conjunction is a planetary relationship where the planets are usually right “on top” of one another. Either at the exact degree or only a few degrees apartThey’re usually in the same sign.

Using an example from my chart, I have my Sun in Sagittarius at 28 degrees. My Sagittarius Ascendant is also at 28 degrees. There is virtually no separation between the two. Therefore, this is a conjunction.

It’s like two people holding hands in an elevator. Or, that couple you know ,who you always mention their names togetherThe energy is inseparable.  A conjunction blends planetary expressions. In your chart, this can be a point where you shine because of the intensification of focus.

The Opposition- 180 Degrees

The opposition symbolizes and tug of war, or an internal division.

In most cases, oppositions, which are symbolized by planets that areseparated by an angle of 180 degrees, occur between opposing, orcomplimentary signs within the zodiac. An example would be if one had the sun in Scorpio and the moon in Taurus. With this arrangement in their chart, they would have a sun-moon opposition. One can also have out of sign oppositions in their chart if the particular degrees allow.

Think about people who are literally on opposing sides of an issue in a meeting room. Apply the same scenario to your psyche.

Successful navigation of this aspect calls for negotiation and bridge building on both sidesThe principles which are represented by the opposing planets must be integrated. If not, they run the risk of being fragmented and operating as lone rangers within the individuals mental framework.

The Square- 90 Degrees

In traditional astrology, a square is referred to as an aspect of tension. A ninety degree angle between planets that is symbolic of crisis. 

Unfortunately, some astrological writing has convinced us to run for the hills if we have squares in our charts. It’s all doom and gloom as if we’ve lost even before we’ve started. Other practitioners are certainly welcome to their opinion, but here’s this astrologer’s take on it:

Tension is : the act or action of being stretched.

Crisis is: an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending. 

The planets and signs involved in a square aspect call for the ability to adjust to constantly changing circumstances. Successful navigation of a square  provides strength, power and elasticity in regard to the planetary principles and sign expressions included.

Now…..I’m not going to get Pollyanna on you, put Bobby McFerrin on repeat, and tell you “don’t worry, be happy.” That everything will be just fine.

The fact is: it will not be just fine if we’re unwilling to confront the issuesput forth the effort. Or,try to resist, rather than work with the changes that are inherent within this aspect.

Squares are extremely dynamic. They push us and serve as an impetus for growth.

Working with squares, we must realize that everything that feels goodmay not necessarily be beneficial for us, and just because something is uncomfortable doesn’t mean it’s harmful.

Walter Payton, one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, had an infamous off-season work out. He ran up a hill, which later became to be known as “Payton’s Hill”, just outside Chicago. Payton would sprint up this hill, which was around 92 feet for as many as 20 repetitions.

Most of us know the rest of the story.

The Trine- 120 Degrees

Trines are aspects of flow and ease. The planetary energies which relate at an 120 degree angle have an innate smoothness. Trines symbolize natural talents and gifts which are our possession.

The key in handling this aspect is to know that these gifts exist and to consciously refine and strengthen them. 

One of the potential downfalls of trines is to fall back on them. To become so complacent that you think no further effort is required. Let us all remember that even the most efficient running engine requires maintenance. If this does not happen, it may break down at the most inopportune time.

The Sextile- 60 Degrees

Many astrologers refer to the sextile as a mini-trine. The message behind the aspect is similar, except a trine possesses greater strength. A sextile is an aspect of potential and opportunity. The trine is what IS. The sextile is what COULD BE, providing we’re willing to take the necessary steps to plant and water the seed, so it grows healthily to optimum level.

With a sextile, there are a host of quality ingredients laid out before us. What we must do now is work to find the perfect combination. To cultivate more of the principles and energies symbolized by the planets and signs involved.

As a whole, each of our birth charts is filled with possibilitiesHowever, the chart itself, promises nothing. Is we’re to utilize the contents of our birth chart based on a realistic assessment of our lives, it’s essential that we’re committed to doing the necessary work to make what’s possible ACTUAL.

Making Astrology Practical : The Words of Dr. Amos Wilson

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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 )                                

Cancer Sun, Aquarius Moon : “Looking Back to Move Forward”

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One of the most challenging parts of our unfoldment as human beings is undergoing the process of developing into autonomous people. Staking the claim of our own identities outside of the structures which can either serve as liberating forces or stultifying traps: family, educational institutions, friendships, racial groups, gender roles, etc……

Around Adolescence, which is roughly between the ages of 12 and 18, the desire to have our unique personhood validated and affirm ourselves a distinct individual is intensified.

We want to create our own codes, live by independently established values and put our original stamp on our life patterns. Most likely, we’re not solid in exactly who we are at this point,  so the freedom to try on many hats and experiment with various identities is paramount.

There are a number of tension filled conflicts which arise during this stage: peer pressure, the beginning of consistent contact and relations with the opposite sex, major concerns about body image, attractiveness, popularity and the dilemma of “fitting in” or “standing out”. 

To think that all of these polarities, complete with consistent points of crisis will be resolved neatly and cleanly by our 18th birthday is a fantasy. The process has merely started…..

The combination of  the Cancer Sun and Aquarius Moon highlights the anxious, uncertain yet exciting and electric oscillation between remaining rooted and forging forward; between the past and the future.

In a natal (birth) chart, when the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon in Aquarius, the individual is fueled by emotional and familial security. The core life energy seeks the familiarity of a tribe of like-minded individuals. The Cancerian energy is inclined to seek bonds and connections with others whether they’re “blood”, or simply because their ideologies and worldviews click.

It should also be mentioned that the dysfunction of Cancer attunement is manifested behaviorally as the inability to release these bonds, thereby holding others (and themselves) as emotional hostages. The motivation behind this behavior is often because they feel they’ve given so much of themselves through warmth, caring and active listening that it should be returned in equal measure.

The Aquarian Moon uses the Cancerian Sun’s light and energy as fuel to create a personality whose nourished by anything unconventional which doesn’t fall under the criteria of a humdrum existence. There’s a reigning emotional need to be acknowledged as a unique individual complete with all of the quirks. This person won’t be fulfilled until it’s settled that they’re “not like everyone else”.

Additionally, this Sun-Moon blend calls for the person to challenge the same tribe which stimulates their core life energy.

The misuse of the Aquarian Moon energy can be seen in behavior which is rebellious without a cause and slavish to the “fad” of non-conformity just for the sake of it, which is actually conformity by default.

When used constructively, the tension of this challenge can accelerate and broaden life development.

The Cancer fuel that’s used in belonging must make friends with the Aquarian Moon’s need for the personality to individuate.

A possible positive outcome of this Sun-Moon combination is someone who can make their “home” anywhere. An individual who has released the guilt of unnecessary familial obligation and claimed their birthright to view life through their own unique lens while remaining rooted in healthy attachments and relationships which nurture their self-actualization.

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The Zodiac Signs: 12 Developmental Paths

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For most of us, the art of Astrology has been simplified into a few “keywords” which describe personality or behavioral characteristics for each sign.

We’ve dug into Cosmo’s “Bedside Astrologer” or read Thelma Balfour’s “Black Sun Signs” and discovered valuable information in regard to how our signs operate in many different facets of life. So, we’ve learned how sexy Scorpio’s are, but never to cross them. Or, that your Cancer woman will have the house in order and dinner on the table at 6 pm. Even to never trust a Sagittarian with a secret, or to exercise extreme caution against allowing a Leo to borrow your mirror.

While all of these anecdotes have their place, it can become very deductive and limiting to human beings whose main focus consists of self-actualization and evolution. Our Sun signs are not only descriptive in the way that they offer insight into character, but they also represent twelve different paths of evolution and development.

Ladies and gentleman: your birthchart is not a mistake. Yes, we want to trade in our 12th house planets or our Moon in Capricorn, but these placements were bestowed upon us for a reason. Our charts are like a celestial toolbox. Given the situation, we need to be able to pull out the correct instrument. Life would be pretty tough if we looked in our containers and all we had was a set of twelve Ginsu knives when all we need is a hammer for that pesky nail. Our Sun represent the “skin” that we are growing into in this lifetime. The sign that we were given represents the most effective method, style or path of growth and development.

If your Sun is in Aries, you’re walking the path of the warrior. Initiating and acting courageously. Sometimes you have to embark on your journey alone. However, you’re flexing muscles that you never even knew you had. It’s not that warriors never become afraid; they just don’t allow this temporary fear from paralyzing their ability to take effective, decisive action. As an Aries Sun, you are straying from your path when you become too impulsive, acting in a “knee jerk” manner without thinking. Or, you fail to realize that the most intense competition will always be internal.

With the Sun in Taurus, you’re on the path of the builder. Stable and grounded. Using your common sense. Developing persistence to solidify and maintain a structure which “works”. Knowing that slow and steady wins the race and accuracy can never be sacrificed for speed. You have strayed from the builder’s path when you become too rigid. Using familiarity as a crutch
instead of a foundation. Making assessments of value based on how much “discomfort” or change will be involved.

If your Sun is in Gemini, you’re walking the path of the informer. The skin that you must grow into is that of a distributor of valuable information to humanity. You must “get the word” out and use a wide variety of communication methods. Network, make connections and become a “jack
of all trades”. Versatility is your middle name. The title of “eternal student” is your birthright. Your curiosity serves as a guide to keep you open to fresh ideas and perspectives. You have strayed from this path when substance regresses to gossip, trivia and idle chatter. Or, when your connections, become lost in ultra breezy superficiality. When you become compulsively addicted to skating on the surface of life because it’s so “fun”, it may be time for a self-check.

With the Sun in Cancer,  you’re on the path of the protector. Instinctively knowing what to do to make those around you most comfortable. Calming, soothing and nurturing. Letting those that you love and care about deeply know that you have their back. Creating a “safe space” for them to return to whenever they require such care. Embracing your family, whether biological or ideological and supporting your race, country and tribe. You’ve strayed from the path when the “itis” of nostalgia overrides the ability to be objective. When you become obsessed with the past and cranky because you’ve forgotten to create the same secure haven for yourself as you
have for others.

If your Sun is in Leo, you’re walking the path of the performer. Lights, camera and action. It’s time for you to shine. There is a deeply ingrained “star quality” bursting at the seams to be released. The skin that life is calling for you to grow into consists of maximizing your powers of self expression and allowing the world to stand up and take notice of who you truly are. Choosing to enjoy life in a playful and childlike manner. Exercising your sense of wonderment while maintaining a fundamental internal dignity. You stray from the path when you can no longer distinguish your true self from the “roles” that you’re playing. When you become compulsively addicted to praise and approval and your need for external stimuli has reached an all time high and you have to google “introspection.”

With the Sun in Virgo, you’re on the path of the perfectionist. You excel at being able to view the whole and dissect the parts. Amazingly adept at separating the genuine from a” fugazi”, you’re being called to step into any situation and use your powers of observation and analysis and improve the status. You stray from your path when others become “fix it” projects. Or, when you become self critical because you’re so obsessed with what you’re not, or what you “should be” instead of using your energy to actually become that.

If your Sun is in Libra, you’re walking the path of the moderator. You’re a natural at building bridges and alliances. Always appearing in your best light. The ultimate diplomat and “representative.” Charm and grace will never be strangers to your door. You possess extraordinary and refined aesthetic taste.Your’re being called to serve as a artistic authority in whatever area of life that you choose. You stray from your path when you become a chronic ‘fence sitter” when it’s time to choose sides. Or, when an unpleasant truth is necessary and you become too much of a “TACT-ician” instead of offering valuable assistance.

With the Sun in Scorpio, you’re on the path of the healer. Innately equipped for heavy, intense emotional experience. You eat realities for breakfast that would make the hardest thugs crawl up in a corner with a baby bottle. You’ve been through the trials of fire and have emerged reborn and ready to school these mere mortals on “transformation 101”. Life is calling you to fly at your highest heights because you’re well versed in the lowest depths.You stray from your path when you use your piercing insight to sting, manipulate or indulge in power games or emotional blackmail. When you use knowledge to “devour” rather than feed others.

If your Sun is in Sagittarius, you’re walking the path of the wise teacher. You are the embodiment of a true “Renaissance Man” or Woman. Your eclectic telescopic worldview is something to behold. Well-traveled and thirsty for all of the knowledge and experience that life has to offer, you turn expansion into an art form. Your guru-like ability to see the wholeness of life and the big picture deserves a round of applause that would make your Leo cousins blush. However,  you stray from your path when you think you have the copyright on truth. Yeah, you just know it all, don’t you? Well, let’s talk with your friends who paid for your bail. Or, your cousin who wired that money to Vegas so you could get back home to be at work on Monday morning. Dogmatism should not be your forte. Yes, Sadge you can get off your soapbox now.

With the Sun in Capricorn, you’re on the path of the achiever. You have a natural gift for organization which allows you maximum productivity. Because of your capacity for discipline and restraint, getting work done has never been an issue. In fact, you assume a natural executive like authority that makes it extremely easy to respect you. You are being called to embody timeless principles which are revealed in your outward status and success. The skin
you’re supposed to grow into is that of one who produces a tangible product that is worthy of his or her ambitions. You’re deviating from your path when you allow yourself to become cold, controlling and unfeeling in order to become “somebody” in the eyes of society. So, you’ve climbed that mountain and reached the pinnacle. Sadly, you’re all alone. Where did all the “slackers” go?

If your Sun is in Aquarius, you’re walking the path of the revolutionary. You’re being called to shake humanity out of their comfort zones. It’s you who needs to pose the questions regarding if people think and act the way they do because of societal dictates. Testing others and reminding them that walking familial, racial, political and social “party” lines can be poisonous to their mental health and registers at “rock bottom” on their freedom meter. Your skin is that of the catalyst and reformer. Forming perspectives to liberate those stuck in a proverbial rut. You’ve strayed from the path when true change becomes a novelty and you advocate being different just for the hell of it. When you’ve become a slave to rebellion and can’t recognize that your bondage is just as problematic as the person who’s constrained by the chains of convention.

With the Sun in Pisces, you’re on the path of the mystic. There is an ethereal quality that colors your aura so richly that when people ask you where your from, they’re not expecting to receive your answer in the form of a city, state or country. You have access to realms of the mind and spirit that most of us can only read or speculate about. Highly intuitive, you’re being called to be “above the clouds”. Your skin is comprised of exercising your gifts in selfless service to humanity and checking your ego at the door. Through your super powers of imagination and visualization, you can create in solid form. Dreams and symbols are as comfortable to you as that old faithful pair of slippers. You stray from your path when the world you create is mired in deception, haziness and smokescreens. When you choose to be the victim rather than the victor and use your fingers exclusively as pointing instruments in order to relinquish ownership for negative situations which are clearly of your own making.

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Astrology and Twitter: Much More Than 280 Characters

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I enjoy social networking. More specifically, I like to tweet. I think it brings us into contact with many people and mediums of discourse which we may not be as easily exposed to in other environments. Additionally, I’m able to express some astrological insights in rations of 280 characters or less.

However, as an Astrologer , it’s quite challenging and often times difficult to to offer any type of in depth analysis of birth charts, compatibility, etc… within the confines of this format.

A comprehensive birth chart analysis usually consists of a consultation format. These one on one sessions provide an opportunity to engage in a rich, meaningful dialogue with the client; to enter into an exchange and receive valuable feedback concerning how the individual experiences the contents of their birth chart.

After all, this is a person’s life we’re talking about here: relationship issues, spiritual crisis, vocational concerns and the like. I would say that areas which carry such a significance should be treated with the time, attention and care that they deserve. It’s rare that a series of tweets or direct messages can even scratch the surface in uncovering the layers of depth which encompass such areas of life development.

Even to discuss whether we’re compatible with other people takes an analysis of the birth charts of both individuals complete with a significant discussion. Actually, there probably wouldn’t be enough 280 character blocks to provide the information needed without getting carpal tunnel.

Unfortunately, we live in a world which promotes “quick fix” solutions. Lose weight quick, get money quick, fall in love, etc..  Astrology has somewhat found its way into this quicksand because it’s been, and continues to be marketed en masse as a one size fits all proposition.

There are various books and magazines on the market that tell us “he’s a Pisces and she’s a Scorpio: this is a match made in heaven, prepare for everlasting bliss.” Or, “He’s a Sagittarius and she’s a Virgo: run for the hills!!!!”  Although Sun signs play a part in the equation, this type of analysis is sorely incomplete and very misleading.

When it comes to ourselves and our relationships, it’s imperative that we examine the existent patterns in our behavior as well as the broad range of needs within us that require fulfillment. It’s very doubtful that 280 character blurbs on twitter will address what we require in all of our complexity as human beings.

If you’re truly interested in exploring the map of your psyche and inner dynamics, a consultation with a competent and caring Astrologer is most definitely a worthwhile investment.

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Saturn in the 2nd House: “Utilizing Your Tools”

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If you’ve been studying Astrology for a while, in your exploration of the houses,you’ve probably noticed that some seem to be more clearly defined than others.

Also, while there may be multitudes of information circulating on certain houses, the input on others seems to remain nebulous at best, which puts the seeker in a bind. In my opinion, the 2nd house is one of these.

Often, the second house gets reduced to strictly money. Although money plays a part in what’s going on here, there’s much more. In the birth chart, any house serves as a “domain of development”.  The 2nd House specifically is where we can consolidate our resources and use our talents. Planets in the second house give clues to the nature of those particular assets and how we may profit from them in a material sense as well as  one that contributes to our self-worth.

If you have Saturn in the 2nd House natally, your developmental task is to clearly define what’s in your “toolbox” and actually CLAIM IT as something that belongs to you. Anytime Saturn is involved, there’s an insistence on no-nonsense clarity. The ringed planet is also pro-reality (or anti-bullshit depending on your view). Irrespective of Saturn’s position in one’s chart, in order to truly honor it, you must be dedicated to truth and good faith effort.

In order to become a good steward for this placement, your method of operation needs to consist of conducting ruthlessly honest “checks and balances” concerning what you’re really good at, as well as where you may lack skill or feel severely challenged.  Once this inventory is complete, a concerted effort to make the best of what you have, as opposed to constant worry about what you lack, is the suggested order of the day.

The significance of this particular placement is that there’s something Saturnine about the nature and expression of your talents. It’s vital to remember that the Saturn archetype is vast. The overall suggestion is that the instruments at your disposal (and that you can receive compensation for) require mastery, competence, a sense of responsibility and the acceptance of one’s authority when using them.

Consolidation is a viable strategy with Saturn in the 2nd house, which means the action or process of making something stronger or more solid. The universe is asking you to utilize what you have, not so much in an abstract or theoretical sense, but rather a tangible one where you can literally grasp the benefits of your own efforts toward improving your life and that of others. In order to carry this out effectively,  it’s essential that you understand and clearly define the precise direction of your efforts as well as the “why’s” behind your expenditures of time, money and energy.

By nature, Saturn isn’t a wasteful planet and it requires that you become a capable manager of all of the elements which will prepare you to execute effective and successful actions.

Some important questions associated with this natal placement may be:

In what areas do I truly excel?  How and when did I identify myself as possessing a special brand of competence in the aforementioned area(s)?

What specific experiences have I immersed myself in, to advance my skills in these areas?

You may find that Saturn in the 2nd house suggests that you have to work hard to develop your talents, but this also means that you stand to reap the benefits and recognition that come with that.

This may come with mastering the concept of delayed gratification, because in order to appreciate this process and build the necessary maturity and sobriety for leadership, you must understand the “brick by brick” concept of Saturn, so you can become a mentor to someone else who may wish to travel along the same path.

With Saturn in the 2nd house, the concrete actualization of Saturn is your ultimate goal.

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